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Dental Implants FAQs

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As your dentist in North Raleigh, Dr. Philip A. Lisk is committed to providing his patients with quality, comprehensive dentistry. To deliver superior services, he offers the most advanced treatments, including dental implants. Now, you can replace your missing teeth with an option that closely looks and feels natural; however, we understand that you have plenty of questions about the procedure. To help you make an educated decision, we have the facts that you need to know.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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Dental implants have quickly become the most preferred option to replace missing teeth because they provide predictable and reliable results. Their success is due to the unique process and materials used to replace both the root and crown of a tooth.

A dental implant post is surgically placed into the jawbone. By acting as a tooth root, it stimulates new bone growth in the jaw. This not only protects your bone density, but also provides a secure and stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After adequate healing has occurred, an abutment is attached to the post. This acts as a connector piece between the post and the crown. To fill the space of the missing tooth, a custom-made dental crown is made using impressions of your mouth.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

When compared to other forms of tooth replacement, dental implants offer the most benefits. The use of the implant post allows it to be the only option to preserve your jawbone’s density. This helps to support any remaining natural teeth to allow them to stay firmly in place. As a result, you will improve your oral health to reduce your risk for future tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.

With the implant post in place, it provides a stable foundation for the replacement tooth, allowing it to closely function naturally. In fact, you will enjoy an increased biting force of over 70% when compared to traditional dentures. You can chew, speak, and smile with confidence without having to worry about any slipping, irritation, or discomfort.

Overall, you benefit from a long-term solution that allows you to make a true investment in your oral health and quality of life.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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Although dental implants do cost more upfront, they are more cost-effective long-term because they do not need to be replaced and you do not need to have adjustments made. The amount you can expect to pay for your new smile will vary considerably based on several factors, such as how many teeth are being replaced, if you need additional procedures, and your dental coverage. To find out how much your new smile may cost, we encourage you to schedule a consultation.

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most successful option to replace your missing teeth. In fact, they have become 98% successful over the last 45 years. Although implant failure is rare, it can occur, often due to an infection. To protect their longevity, it is best to maintain your oral hygiene and regular care from your dentist.

While the implant posts can potentially last for a lifetime, the restorations will suffer daily wear and tear. On average, they will need to be replaced about every 10 years.

Get a Complete Smile Today!

If you are ready to regain a healthy, complete smile, it is time to see if dental implants in North Raleigh are right for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lisk.

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