Dental Implant FAQs

Yes. The implants are inserted into the jaw and will fuse to the jawbone, becoming a permanent part of your body. The crowns or artificial teeth that are attached to the implants are also permanent, with the only exception being implant-supported dentures that snap on to the implants but are removable for cleaning.

For many types of implants, it is necessary to have a good amount of jaw bone. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone immediately begins to atrophy or wear away, so if you have been missing teeth for years it is possible that many types of implants will not work for you. However, some types of implants may work for people who do not have enough bone for traditional implants. It may also be possible to build up your jaw bone with bone grafting.

Dental implants involve surgery and several appointments at the dental office. They do cost more than dentures or bridgework, but because they are permanent, you may actually save money over time on the cost of replacements, repairs and any special cleaners or adhesives denture wearers usually purchase on a regular basis.

Normal daily care for dental implants is the same as it is for natural teeth. You do not need to use any special type of toothpaste or cleansers.

The answer to this question is different for each individual patient. It depends on how many implants you will get, how quickly you heal after placement of the implants and other factors. Most patients should expect the entire process to take possibly up to a year or a little more. In some cases it may be possible to get implants in much less time.

People with some health conditions, like diabetes, may be more likely to experience rejection of the implants by their body. Smokers are also at greater risk for implant failure. Most healthy people who do not smoke and have enough jaw bone can get implants. The success rate for such people is nearly 100 percent.

Call Kettleman Dental Care now to set up a consultation appointment. When you come in, in addition to an exam, we will need to talk to you about your general health to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.