What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is essentially a replacement root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone and is able to support an crown to fill in for the missing tooth. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.

How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of full or partial teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky, can be difficult to get used to, and often require adjustments and relines to keep functional. They do not last a indefinately and may need to be replaced several times during a lifetime. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth and are not removable.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment. They are with out a doubt the very best option for tooth replacement in this day and age.

Who can place a dental implant?
Your dentist may be able to perform implants in their own office based on their training. If not, they will recommend you to an periodontist, oral surgeon, or another specialist that will perform the implant placement in the jaw.

How much do implants cost?
The cost of your dental implants will vary based on the level of experience of your doctor, the quality of the implant being placed, amount of insurance coverage you may have for this procedure, and other factors. Often, a specialist in dental implants completes the implant placement in the jaw bone and then Dr. Brooks fabricates the abutment and crown for the tooth. A full consultation can be scheduled prior to get an idea of your total costs for the procedure.

Do dental implants hurt?
No. A local anesthetic will be given before the procedure so that you do not feel any pain. If you have anxiety or fear you should discuss sedation options with your dentist.

How long do implants last?
When cared for properly, implants should last a lifetime. Proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits are essential to the success of your implant.