Dental Implants FAQ

Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Nathan Hoftiezer offer dental implants in Appleton, Wisconsin, to replace your missing teeth. We invite you to read our FAQ page to learn more about implant dentistry prior to your consultation. If you have further questions or to schedule your visit with our dentists, please call Grand View Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 920-996-0123.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are prosthetic tooth replacement options. They are surgically inserted into the jawbone beneath your gums, and work by mimicking the structure of natural teeth. The implant, which is a titanium post, is inserted into the jawbone and acts as a root for the artificial tooth. Over time, the jawbone heals around the implant, securing it in place. Once the implant has bonded with the jawbone, a small connector post — called an abutment — is attached to the implant to securely hold the new tooth. Finally, a crown, which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the abutment. Implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss, providing a foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer several benefits over other teeth replacement options. They provide a more natural look and feel than dentures or bridges, and because they are anchored to the jawbone, they function similar to natural teeth, allowing for normal eating and speaking. Implants are also more durable and can help prevent bone loss in the jaw, preserving facial structure. Additionally, unlike bridges, dental implants do not require altering adjacent healthy teeth, which helps maintain overall oral health.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. The crown attached to the implant typically lasts 10-15 years before it may need replacement due to wear and tear. However, the longevity of a dental implant greatly depends on factors like oral hygiene, oral diseases and the location of the implant in the jaw.

Can anyone get dental implants?

Most people who are healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for a dental implant. Patients should have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They also must be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders – such as diabetes or heart disease – or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis.

How do you care for dental implants?

Caring for dental implants is very similar to caring for your natural teeth, which includes brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. It is important to keep the area around the implants clean. Special brushes, such as interdental brush that slide between teeth, can help clean the hard to reach areas around your implant.

How long does it take to complete the implant process?

Generally, after a tooth is extracted and healed for about 4-6 months, an implant can be placed. The implant will need to integrate or heal to the bone for about 4-6 more months. Then the crown portion of the implant can be fabricated which takes 2-3 weeks. During this time, you may have a temporary partial or other temporary appliance to wear so it appears that a tooth is in place.