Dental Implants FAQs
A dental implant is a way to replace one or all of your teeth. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth!
3 main parts make up a dental implant: the titanium screw, an abutment and the crown. The screw is placed into your jaw bone, the abutment is attached to the screw, and the crown is the tooth that is secured to the abutment.
The titanium screw is implanted into your jaw bone, effectively becoming your new tooth root. Having a ‘root’ in your bone keeps your bone healthy and strong. Titanium is a biocompatible metal which means it works with your body. The screw and your bone integrate becoming a sturdy foundation for your implants.
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4M Dental Implants are a high end dental implant procedure. 4M’s can use as few as 4 implants to support an entire arch of teeth. Whether the upper, lower or a full mouth, 4M Dental Implants give you back the freedom to smile and the quality of life you want to live.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, tooth decay, or any other reason may be a candidate for dental implants. Having the bone to support implants is a key factor. If your jaw bone has become worn and thin over the years, a bone graft may be necessary to set you up for implants.
Preexisting conditions such as diabetes and long term smoking can make the procedure trickier. These factors cause bone to weaken, or can complicate the healing process. Even so, we have had many successes with patients who have been both.
All Bright Dental offers FREE, NO OBLIGATION dental implant consultations. Contact us to set yours up.
- Dental implants are the most natural looking and functioning tooth replacement option.
- Dental implants are secured permanently in your mouth so they won’t come loose or slip.
- Caring for them is as easy as brushing and flossing just like you would with your own teeth. No need to take them in and out. No soaking overnight.
- Retain your facial structure with dental implants. Only an implant – because it’s implanted – into your jaw bone can keep bone healthy and strong. Dentures and dental bridges are all outside the jaw, so bone quickly begins to deteriorate. This causes a sunken look and a weakened jawline.
- Dental implants are strong, which allow you to enjoy all your favorite foods.
- Preserve healthy, natural teeth. Dental bridges will often require the filing down of abutting teeth. This removes enamel leaving your teeth vulnerable to sensitivity and decay.
- No embarrassment. There are no tell tale signs you’ve got implants. No metal clips, or gaps between your teeth, or bulky denture.
Replacing painful, diseased or missing teeth will change your life. You will use them every single day for eating, smiling, laughing, communicating. They’ll help when dealing with customers, clients and coworkers, strangers and family. Your smile will be immortalized in wedding photos, family photos and selfies. Dental implants are a quality, necessary investment that can last you a lifetime.
Without coming into the office for an exam makes it impossible for us to tell you what an implant procedure would cost. Everyone’s oral health and situation is unique. In addition to the placing of the implants, are you having teeth extracted and how many? A bone graft? A sinus lift? One, two, or more implants? There are many factors that come into play when planning your dental implant treatment.
We understand that you’re looking for at least some kind of idea of where to start. With that in mind, we have a created a comprehensive page on our website called How Much Do Dental Implants Cost. This is a great place to start, but remember, for an accurate estimate you need to come in. All Bright Dental offers FREE, NO OBLIGATION dental implant consultations.
Another point to keep in mind, dental implants aren’t cheap. It’s a high end dental procedure that yields high end results. Don’t let the cost scare you away without coming in. We work with a number of lenders and financing is available. You can be sure we will do everything we can to help you get your smile.
Dental implants and 4M Dental Implants will give you a sense of freedom. You don’t realize just how much a painful or unattractive mouth weighs on you constantly. To have that concern and that worry gone for good frees up your mind, your time, and your body.
A diseased mouth can cause harm to the rest of your body – gum disease is linked to heart disease and stroke. Not to mention the difficulty in chewing with painful teeth. Chewing your food properly aids in good digestion, which is necessary for your body in order to break down foods you eat and extract nutrients. Often patients with missing teeth or pain when they chew avoid many kinds of nutritious foods all together. Dental implants allow you to eat anything and chew everything.
The first thing people see when meeting you is your smile. It declares confidence. Your body language affects the way you feel about yourself and the way others perceive you. Hiding your teeth is a sure way not to put the best you forward.
Smile, sing, laugh, eat! Dental implants give you back the life you want.
4M Dental Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like you’re your natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People who used to be embarrassed because of their teeth, are often surprised by what their new permanent teeth do for their self-esteem.
That’s the whole point! Nothing looks like your natural teeth like dental implants.
There are many variables that affect the duration of a dental implant procedure. Are you having a single implant placed or a 4M Dental Implant procedure done? Are you having teeth extracted? A bone graft? Sinus lift? Will you be sedated or just numbed?
In general, placing a single implant will take approximately an hour to 90 minutes, whereas, for a 4M procedure you can expect to be here the whole day. A single implant can often be done without anesthesia, so that cuts down on time it would take for you to wake up. A 4M Dental Implant procedure takes longer because one, or two, full arches are being replaced and therefore usually requires IV sedation.
The good news is that most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. But as with any surgery, some soreness can be expected.
You can expect a single implant to cause less discomfort than placing several might. We offer our patients anesthesia and sedation options to help reduce any discomfort during the procedure or any anxiety going into it. Medications to ease discomfort the days following will be prescribed by your doctor.
Dental implants are fairly simple to clean and maintain – you just have to be sure to do it! Brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. Use a water pik for additional cleaning in the harder to reach areas. Keep your regularly scheduled cleanings at All Bright Dental. During these cleanings, we will remove your prosthetic (the teeth) for a deep, thorough cleaning. By maintaining your cleanings with us, we will honor a lifetime warranty on your implants!