Dental Implants FAQs

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. The implant post is made of titanium and is surgically implanted into the jawbone beneath the gum line. This screw-like post will act as the tooth root by fusing with your jaw bone.

This provides a strong foundation for the dental restoration. Dental implants do not come loose like other dental restorations and can last a lifetime if cared for properly along with regular dental visits.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants can be expensive, and the total cost is not easily calculated without a thorough examination of your mouth. Cost factors include location and size of the implants, the number of implants needed, and the need for bone grafting or extractions.

To get an accurate estimate, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Brent Blaylock at his Durham, NC dentist office. When compared to other dental restorations, dental implants are the superior option because they can last a lifetime. Dentures and dental bridges may need to be replaced, realigned, or rebased over time.

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

Dental implants are for people who are missing one tooth or multiple teeth. Each patient starts their treatment with a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Blaylock.

Healthy bone structure is the most important qualification to receive a dental implant. The bone structure needs to be healthy in order for the implant to completely fuse with the bone. You should also be in good overall health because implants require a surgical element. Certain lifestyle habits like heavy smoking may disqualify you from getting dental implants.

How quickly can I get a replacement tooth?

After a thorough dental exam, Dr. Blaylock will help to determine what your best missing tooth treatment option will be. We offer dental implants for one or several missing teeth. After surgery, the dental implant typically requires 3 to 6 months to fully integrate with the jaw bone before we can secure the permanent restoration. The whole process can take up to 8 months.

How long does a dental implant last?

If cared for properly, a dental implant can last a lifetime. It’s important to brush and floss like usual and visit your local dentist in Durham NC twice a year for a routine dental health exam at his Durham, NC dentist office. Also, if you have any issues with your dental implant, you should call for an appointment to have it looked at.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

Titanium has a 95% success rate of fusing with a healthy jawbone. The success rate of your dental implants will be determined by your level of care. If you brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, and visit our Durham, NC dentist office twice a year for a checkup, there is no reason why your dental implants won’t last from 10 years to forever.

Why are dental implants so expensive?

Teeth implants are a highly customized treatment for people who are missing one or more teeth. The process includes a treatment planning phase, a surgical procedure, a lengthy healing phase, and the creating and attachment of your new teeth.

This will take months to complete and require many visits. Even though this option is more expensive when compared to other restorations, dental implants can last a lifetime and will allow you to live a better quality of life. You also don’t have to worry about further procedures in the future. Implants are a lifetime restoration and they don’t need to be adjusted or relined in the future.

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3206 Old Chapel Hill Road
Suite 300
Durham, NC 27707

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