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4 Questions to Ask Your Implant Dentist

September 20, 2021

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Woman at dental implant consultationYour teeth are designed to serve you for your lifetime, but that doesn’t always happen. At least 120 million adults are missing one or more teeth; however, millions of Americans have invested in the next best thing to their natural smiles. Dental implants are unlike any conventional treatment, providing exceptional benefits that aren’t possible using other methods. If you want to enjoy a complete smile again, here are 4 questions to ask your dentist during your dental implant consultation.

1. How are dental implants different?

Traditional dental prosthetics don’t replicate the entire tooth, whether a bridge, partial, or denture. They only replace the surfaces above the gum line. The restorations rely on your natural teeth, suction, or an adhesive to stay in place.

Dental implants differ because they recreate both the root and the crown. An implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone to act as a root. An abutment is connected to the post to attach your custom-made restoration. Dental implants have the support of your jawbone, so they’ll never slip or compromise any remaining healthy teeth.

2. How long do dental implants last?

According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, over 500,000 people choose dental implants annually. Their popularity continues because they have over a 95% success rate to last for decades. They are proven to last for 30 years or more with the proper aftercare, like committing to your oral hygiene and semi-annual dental appointments. You’ll enjoy a long-term investment because you won’t need to worry about having your new teeth replaced every few years, like traditional treatments.

3. How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are initially more expensive than conventional treatments, but don’t let that discourage you from rehabilitating your smile. Although you’ll pay more upfront, dental implants are the most cost-effective because they can last forever. They are also the only treatment to stop bone loss in your jaw that’s attributed to missing teeth. A strong jawbone stops dental drift to lower your risk of cavities, gum disease, and additional tooth loss. You’ll reduce your long-term oral health expenses to save even more money down the road.

4. How can I pay for dental implants?

Dental implants aren’t just for celebrities. People from all walks of life can afford to fill the gaps in their smiles. Although there isn’t a set fee for dental implants, you have several options to keep them affordable, like using your dental insurance or third-party financing.

Your implant dentist in Texas City can rebuild a beautiful, functional smile. Schedule your consultation to see if you’re a candidate for dental implants.

About Dr. Stephen C. Hale

Dr. Hale earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. He has completed over 500 hours of continuing education in many specialties, like TMJ disorders, esthetic restorations, and dental implants. His qualifications and reputation have afforded him memberships with various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If you’re ready to invest in dental implants, contact our office today.

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