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Frequently Asked Questions about Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium posts that can be inserted into your jawbone. They act much like the roots of your natural teeth and can secure and stabilize a single crown, a bridge or a full arch denture or higher-end restoration.
How can implants help denture wearers?
Dentures can become loose and can float on your gums. Denture wearers often experience challenges while eating, talking, and interacting with others, and find that their dentures are less secure and predictable than their natural teeth. For patients who are having these challenges, denture implants will help a patient eat and speak more confidently. This is especially helpful for the lower denture, which tends to be less secure.
Since implants replace tooth roots in the jaw bone, the bone stays more healthy and full, and the facial structure stays more intact over time. This stops the process of premature aging that continues even with the use of dentures.
How do implants prevent bone loss?
The titanium posts of dental implants replace the function of natural tooth roots. By giving physical support to your jaw bone and stimulating bone strength through chewing, implants keep your jaw healthy over time. We have all seen the “pucker up” look around the mouth and chin caused by progressive bone loss due to missing teeth. Since implants replace the natural roots of missing teeth, they stop or significantly slow this process of bone loss and related changes in facial structure associated with premature aging.
Does Affordable Dentures place a lot of implants?
Affordable Dentures dentists care for hundreds of thousands of patients each year. The affiliated practice network is one of the single largest providers of both dentures and implants in the U.S. As a leading implant purchaser, we are able to achieve some of the most affordable fees available, while delivering effective implant solutions for our patients. The affiliated dentists combine intensive training and depth of experience to provide ongoing benefit to implant patients.
Is there special training for dental implants?
With more than 210 practices in 40 states, the Affordable Dentures network has the resources to support industry-leading training and technology. This keeps our affiliated Practice Owners, Practice Staff, and Lab Technicians at the forefront of industry trends. Whether it be intensive implant training programs that result in fellowships from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and the American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics (AAIP), or the investment in leading 3D imaging technology, we understand that great training and great tools can provide additional efficiencies that keep prices low and benefit patients in many additional important ways.
Am I a candidate for dental implants? What about same-day implants?
This will depend on your overall health, your bone density, and other factors. Many people are good candidates for implants, and your Affordable Dentures dentist will examine you to determine your best tooth replacement solutions.
How are the implants placed? Is it painful?
It is normal for patients to feel nervous about an upcoming medical procedure. We use local anesthetic to make the surgery as comfortable as possible.
Are dental implants approved by the FDA?
Yes, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration first approved implants in 1982. They have been used for decades by dentists. Based on rigorous clinical testing, the FDA granted product approval for long-term treatment.
Are implants expensive?
Implants represent an investment in the long-term health of your jaw bone and facial structure, as well as the long-term comfort and confidence in your eating, smiling, interacting and living. Implants cost more than dentures alone, but the benefits can be life changing. Affordable Dentures offers implants at prices that often are significantly more affordable than other providers.
Will dental implants look like my natural smile or teeth?
Most patients discover that implants are the best available solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Affiliated Affordable Dentures practices offer a variety of options to create a new, natural smile that looks great, restores much of your chewing ability and helps to prevent further bone loss. Ask your dentist which solutions are right for you.