Dental Implant FAQs:

Your Guide to a Confident Smile

Welcome to the Dental Implant FAQs page at Thatcher & Boudreau, DDS, Inc.. We understand that choosing dental implants as a solution for tooth loss involves many questions and considerations. To help you make informed decisions about your dental health, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about dental implants.

  1. What are dental implants?

Dental implants are titanium posts surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as artificial roots for replacement teeth. They provide a stable foundation for crowns, bridges, or dentures, restoring the function and aesthetics of natural teeth.

  1. Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Candidates for dental implants should have good oral health and sufficient bone density to support the implants. Your dentist will evaluate your dental and medical history, perform a thorough examination, and may recommend additional procedures, such as bone grafting, if necessary.

  1. How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. They are designed to be a durable and permanent solution for tooth replacement, offering superior longevity compared to other dental restorations.

  1. What is the dental implant procedure like?

The dental implant procedure typically involves several steps, including initial consultation and treatment planning, implant placement surgery, osseointegration (fusion of the implant with the jawbone), and placement of the final restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). The process may vary depending on individual needs and treatment complexity.

  1. Is dental implant surgery painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during dental implant surgery, which is performed under local anesthesia or sedation to ensure a comfortable experience. After the procedure, some temporary swelling, bruising, or discomfort may occur, but these side effects can be managed with pain medication and proper post-operative care.

  1. How do I care for dental implants?

Dental implants require regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, just like natural teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding harmful habits such as smoking are essential for the long-term success of dental implants.

  1. Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implant coverage varies depending on your insurance plan. While some dental insurance policies may cover a portion of the cost of dental implants, others may not provide coverage for elective procedures. Our team can help you navigate insurance benefits and explore financing options to make dental implants more affordable.

  1. What are the advantages of dental implants over other tooth replacement options?

Dental implants offer several advantages over traditional tooth replacement options, including improved stability, durability, and aesthetics. Unlike removable dentures or bridges, dental implants mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

Schedule a Consultation with Thatcher & Boudreau, DDS, Inc.

If you have additional questions about dental implants or would like to explore your tooth replacement options further, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team at Thatcher & Boudreau, DDS, Inc.. We are here to provide personalized guidance and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.