Dental Implants FAQ

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Quality Dental Care in Maplewood, MN

At Maplewood Dental Associates, we take pride in helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles and maintain them for a lifetime. Our doctors are experts dedicated to the health of our patients, and we strive to design a personalized treatment plan to perfectly suit each patient's unique dental needs. One of the most effective treatments we offer for replacing teeth is dental implants, and to help explain a little more about this procedure, we've compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear about dental implants along with their answers. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a reconstructive dental treatment designed to replace teeth that are missing, damaged, or decayed. The implant is made from a titanium stud inserted into the jawbone and capped with a crown.

What can dental implants treat?

Implants can be used to treat missing teeth, teeth that are damaged beyond repair, or teeth that have decayed severely enough to not be worth saving. We can use implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire dental arch through implants supported dentures. 

Do they hurt?

The implant procedure is a minor surgical procedure, but it's generally more comfortable than a tooth extraction. We can use both local and general anesthesia, and most patients are surprised at how little discomfort they experience. 

How long does the procedure take?

The length of treatment will depend on each specific case, but can range from anywhere between a single, one-time procedure to a 6-month treatment process if jaw surgery is needed. If treatment runs on the longer side, this is generally because it takes time for the bone to fuse with the implant before the final crown can be added. Implants generally require very little time spent "in the dentist's chair."

How strong are implants?

Implants are remarkably strong and serve as a very effective replacement for natural teeth. Because implants are made from titanium, they possess the unique quality of osseointegration – the jawbone literally fuses with the implant, creating a strong, stable base that effectively transfers force and spreads it throughout the jaw. Implants are as strong as natural teeth and also impervious to tooth decay.

What's the success rate of implants?

Implants are a highly successful procedure. Thanks to modern technologies, implants usually achieve a 10-year success rate of over 93%.

What happens if treatment fails? 

While failure is rare, it does happen – but it's nothing to worry about. In the case of a failed implant, we can simply replace it with another.

Who can get dental implants?

Anyone healthy enough for a tooth extraction can receive a dental implant. We use implants to treat everyone from adolescents with severe tooth damage to elderly people that want a permanent set of dentures.

Contact Your Maplewood, MN Family Dentists

We hope you've found this information helpful, but if you have any more questions, we're always happy to help. Feel free to call us at 651-770-3831 or reach out to us at our contact page and we'll be happy to answer any questions. If you'd like to find out if dental implants are right for you, you can request a consultation online at our Maplewood, MN office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.