Dental Implant FAQ's

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are the ideal treatment to replace a missing tooth. Unlike a bridge, having a dental implant placed does not require permanent alteration of any other teeth. A dental implant cannot get a cavity since it is not affected by the bacteria that cause them. However they are susceptible to the bacteria that cause gum disease, so you must care for the implant the same as your natural teeth.

They can also be used to stabilize dentures and partial dentures, making those removable appliances much more secure and better functioning for patients.

Who can place a dental implant?
In our office, we work with dental surgical specialists (both oral surgeons and periodontists) to complete dental implant treatment. The specialists will place the implant itself, then our office will perform the rest of the procedures necessarily to restore it.

How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants can vary based on many factors, including the condition of the bone in the area the implant is needed, how many implants you are having placed, what procedures are needed to place the restorations (crowns or bridge), amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.

Do dental implants hurt?
No, the area will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the implant procedure. Most patients to have some slight to moderate tenderness after the procedure for a few days, which can be controlled with prescription and over-the-counter pain medication. If you have anxiety, both types of specialists we work with offer sedation to increase the comfort level of patients.

How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.

Petersburg Dentist | Dental Implant FAQ's. George. Susan St. George is a Petersburg Dentist.