Dr. Joseph M. Larsen, DMD

Dental Implant FAQ's

Dental Implants FAQ’s

Why would I choose dental implants rather than dentures?
The fact of the matter is that well fitting dentures are complicated to maintain and often feel awkward inside the mouth. They are hard to keep clean and can be painful on the gums over time. Even when dealing with partial dentures that can be removed special care is required in order to keep them sanitary and fitted. Dental implants are cared for just like your natural teeth and keep the look and feel of your natural teeth for years.

Exactly what is a dental implant?
The dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth root made out of titanium that is placed in the jaw to replace a missing tooth. The implant is a screw made from titanium and designed to last a lifetime. Once the titanium screw is placed into the jawbone a natural looking tooth crown or abutment is put in place of your former natural teeth.

Are there many benefits to choosing dental implants?
Dental implants are not outrageously expensive and the end result allows you to eat anything without chewing restrictions. You can speak clearly without the embarrassment of your dentures coming lose and your teeth will look and feel totally natural in your mouth. Dental implants are well researched with a very high success rate.

Does a specialist need to put in my dental implants?
Implanting dentures does require special certification and experience. If your dentist does have the training and experience the dental implant procedure can be done right in the office. If your dentist does not currently have the credentials required to perform the dental implant procedure he will likely be able to refer you to someone else who can take care of it for you.

Are dental implants expensive?
The total cost for your dental implants will vary depending on certain factors such as: how many you need to get placed, what your insurance plan will cover and the specialty level of the provider. It is best to set up an appointment in order to specifically discuss your situation, including financing options if needed.

How painful are dental implants?
You may be surprised to know that the procedure is painless with local anesthetic. There are sedation options for those who have a certain amount of anxiety and fear about the procedure. Be sure to mention these issues when consulting with your dentist so that you can be as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

Will my dental implants last forever?
If you take good care of your dental implants they are designed to last an entire lifetime. This means that you need to take charge of routine oral hygiene habits in order to keep them successfully intact and healthy for the rest of your life.