It can be daunting when faced with the decision between extracting natural teeth or getting dental implants. It’s not a decision that comes easy, and often, there are a lot of questions and unknowns surrounding it. You might be wondering how fake teeth compare to real ones. Or perhaps you are curious about the pricing and lifespan of implants.

In our Arlington, Virginia office we offer a relaxing atmosphere for our patients while using state-of-the-art technology to ensure accuracy and a quick turnaround for data and results, including your dental implant needs. Below are some commonly asked questions about dental implants and answers to help inform your decision.

Q: What are dental implants?

A: A dental implant (fake teeth) is a prosthesis used in place of missing teeth. It is made out of titanium and is inserted into the jawbone and fixed in place. They look and function just like natural teeth.

Q: How are dental implants put in?

A: Dental implants are secured to your jaw to ensure they remain steady. They are placed in stages. First, your jawbone will be prepared for the surgery, which may require a small recovery period before the rest of the implant process can continue. Next, the metal post or screw is placed into your jawbone. Once it’s secure, the top of the post or the abutment is screwed in. Finally, the crown — the artificial tooth — is placed on top for a natural and beautiful look.

Q: How much do dental implants cost?

A: Dental implants may qualify for some insurance coverage, but every insurance company has differing requirements and coverage. The overall expenses will vary from patient to patient, depending on the unique needs of each one.

Q: What are the pros of dental implants?

A: Dental implants are made of titanium and can last a lifetime with no decay or strength loss. They can improve self-confidence, as well as your ability to eat and talk normally.

Q: What are the cons of dental implants?

A: Just like with any oral procedure, there are risks of infection, inflammation, swelling, pain, and needed recovery time. Your dentist will go over all the risks and potential side effects with you before the procedure. If there is no available bone in which to place the implant due to anatomical make-up, degeneration, or other issues, bone and gum grafting procedures may be required, which can increase the cost of your treatment. Overall, implants have over a 99% success rate and the main causes of failure are untreated periodontal disease and smoking.

Q: Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

A: Most anyone who is missing teeth is a good candidate for dental implants! Ask your dentist today about dental implants so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.

Long term, if missing teeth are not replaced, there are many issues that can occur. Bone loss will start occurring where the teeth have been extracted and then that bone loss will spread to the adjacent teeth, possibly requiring them to be extracted in the future also. The opposing teeth will start seeking a stopping point and if that tooth is not present, the patient most like eventually require extraction of the opposing tooth.

Still on the fence about dental implants? Talk with your dentist at your next scheduled appointment about the many pros that getting dental implants will have on your life. CNS Dental’s expert dentists will take you through the specifics and help you decide the best route to take. If you decide implants are right for you, we will refer you to a trusted specialist who has the expertise to ensure your procedure goes smoothly. Dental implants can go a long way in reducing your discomfort and helping you earn back a beautiful smile. Our dentists are dedicated to helping you love your smile again! Contact us today to learn more.