February 5, 2018
If you aren’t too familiar with dental implants, it’s understandable to have a lot of questions about them. Compared to the numerous other restorative options, it’s easy to get behind on the latest dental methods and technologies. As it stands, dental implants in Weymouth are considered the most effective, durable, and long-lasting method for replacing teeth.
When patients learn about the effectiveness of dental implants, they become interested pretty quickly. The benefits have the potential to change your life. Functions like eating, talking and regular brushing are much easier with dental implants. That’s why we’ll be answering some of the most common questions your dentist hears at the practice.
Do Implants Ever Fail?
While dental implants have a very high success rate, certain conditions and habits can cause them to fail. The average success rate for dental implants is typically between 95% and 98% percent, but this number goes up when your dentist is trained to place them properly.
If you have a chronic health condition such as an autoimmune disorder, diabetes, or osteoporosis, your eligibility for dental implants may be affected. If you regularly smoke, you’re also far more likely to experience issues with your dental implants later on.
Keep in mind the number one priority for your dentist is your health and safety; they will not consider you for dental implants if there’s a sizable risk of failure.
How Long Do Implants Last?
It’s common for dental implants to last a lifetime when taken proper care of. Proper care constitutes brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for exams and cleanings. Your dentist can also confirm that the implant is holding properly in your jawbone.
While it’s difficult to provide an exact answer, dental implants will typically last multiple decades. In the past, the 10-year survival rate for implants has been measured at 95%.
Can I Get Multiple Implants?
Absolutely! There are many different ways that multiple dental implants can be utilized to replace multiple teeth. For example, a dental bridge is very ideal for patients missing two or three consecutive teeth, which require two dental implants.
Alternatively, partial dentures can be used in tandem with two to four dental implants, effectively replacing an entire arch of teeth. Ask your dentist about implant-retained dentures if you plan on replacing several teeth via dental implants.
How Much Can I Expect to Pay for Implants?
On average, a single dental implant costs between $3,000 and $4,500. This is largely due to their long-term durability and effectiveness at replicating natural teeth. They also promote bone growth and allow blood flow back to the soft tissue in your face, reducing the amount of sagging and sunken appearances commonly associated with tooth loss. Keep in mind that this price does not include dental crowns that go on top of implants, so discuss pricing options with your dentist.
Have more questions about dental implants in Weymouth? Schedule a consultation with your dentist today to learn if you’re eligible!
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr has over 10 years of experience restoring implants for patients. Whether it’s for single tooth replacements or full mouth reconstructions, Dr. Kerr is fully capable of restoring your smile from top to bottom. To learn more about his practice and dental implant treatments, contact him at (781) 337-6644 or visit his website.
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