Frequently Asked Questions on Dental Implants
Get answers to your dental implant frequently asked questions here. You can also contact the caring Falls Church dentist and dentistry team at Tysons Dental Esthetics to find out more. We’ll be happy to help you over the phone or schedule a tooth replacement consultation to provide greater detail.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts inserted into the gum line that mimic the function of lost tooth roots. Before they’re placed, implants resemble small screws.
What are Dental Implants Made From?
They are typically crafted from high quality titanium or other metals, but there are now metal-free options available, including zirconia implants.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum line. The procedure itself is fairly straightforward. We’ll numb the area to be treated. Then, a small incision is made into the gum tissue, and the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. Once in place, a protective cap is attached to the top of the implant. The cap allows the soft tissue to heal without closing over the implant post and preventing the attachment of the replacement tooth or teeth. After the surgical implantation, patients typically need to wait three to six months before their custom tooth replacement prosthetic is attached. During this time, the implant post fuses with the supportive bone and gum tissue, recreating the lost root systems of teeth.
How Many Dental Implants will I need?
The number of dental implants will depend on the number of lost teeth. While we may not always use a one-to-one implant to replacement tooth method, the more teeth you’ve lost, the more dental implants you will need to support the replacement teeth. Typically, we recommend the following:
- One dental implant can be used to support a single crown or two fused together dental crowns
- Two or three dental implants can be used to support a fixed bridge restoration to replace several replacement teeth in a row
- Partial dentures can be supported by two to four dental implant posts to replace any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth
- Full dentures are supported by four to six implant posts
How Long Will My Implant Tooth Replacement Last?
Dental implant supported tooth replacement can last two or more decades without the need for repair or replacement. In fact, most patients are able to keep their implant supported replacement teeth for the rest of their lifetime.
How Much Does Implant Supported Tooth Replacement Cost?
The cost of dental implants will vary depending on the number of missing teeth being replaced. For a single dental implant post, the cost is typically between $500 and $2500 without the cost of restoration. The complete placement and restoration of an implant supported dental crown will cost between $2500 and $3500 or more. The cost of replacing larger numbers of teeth with dental implants will go up from there.