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Dental Implants in Chaska: Frequently Asked Questions

Animation of implant supported dental crownInterested in getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth? If so, then we’re sure you’re full of questions. Below, you’ll find answers to many of the most common questions our patients ask us about dental implants. If you still have any questions after reading through this page, be sure to give us a call and ask! We’re always happy to take time to explain your different dental care options.

What are dental implants made out of?

Dental implants in Chaska provide a comprehensive replacement by taking the place of missing teeth’s roots as well as the visible crown. They are made out of titanium, a material that your jawbone naturally grows around during a process known as osseointegration. Some dental implants are made out of zirconia, which is usually reserved for people with sensitivities to metal.

How long does it take to get dental implants?

The entire process for dental implants takes anywhere from four months to a year. The length of time your procedure may take will depend on how many teeth need to be replaced, where in the mouth they are located, and how healthy your jawbone is to start with. Weak or soft bone tissue may need to be strengthened with a bone grafting procedure, which can add months to the overall treatment. Some dental implants can be placed and restored on the same day, however.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a number of benefits compared to other options such as a fixed bridge or traditional denture. Because they anchor your tooth replacement into the bone, your prosthetic won’t slip or slide around. Dental implants also promote better oral health by preserving the bone. They restore aesthetics, function and confidence. And, since they can last a lifetime without the need for refitting or replacement, dental implants are also the best financial investment you can make.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of dental implants in Chaska varies based on your particular treatment plan. In general, though, a single dental implant starts at $2,200. You will pay more if you need to have a bone graft or sinus lift first. Options like All-on-4 dental implants are more affordable alternatives to traditional dental implants in cases of total tooth loss.

Do dental implants ever fail?

Dental implants are successful 98% of the time, but they can fail due to a condition known as “peri-implantitis.” It’s an infection around the dental implant that’s often caused by poor dental hygiene. Drs. Meschke and Swingdorf will provide you with instructions for cleaning your dental implants -- make sure you follow them closely and attend regular checkups and cleanings to enjoy lasting dental implant health.

Do dental implants hurt?

With modern anesthesia and nitrous oxide to help you relax, you won’t feel a thing throughout your dental implant placement or restoration. And, once they have healed, there is no need to worry about the oral sores and discomfort that are commonly associated with loose or uncomfortable traditional dentures.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Many adult patients can benefit from dental implants. You should be in good oral and overall health to undergo the initial surgical placement of the implants. There should also be plenty of bone and periodontal (gum) tissue to support the dental implants; people who have suffered severe gum disease may not be eligible for the procedure. People with diseases affecting the immune system, like uncontrolled diabetes, may need to seek a non-implant-retained solution as well.

How long do dental implants last?

When cared for properly, dental implants can last a lifetime. Other options must be replaced or refitted periodically. Even with proper maintenance, traditional dentures require replacement every 5 to 7 years. So while dental implants come at a higher initial cost, they usually end up being the best investment over time.