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Dental Implants FAQ


There may be many questions you have concerning dental implants. Below is a list of some frequently asked questions by our patients. We are happy to discuss information and concerns, if the information you are seeking is not found below, feel free to give us a call, and our team at DFW Oral Surgeons will be happy to assist you.

Are implants the right decision for me?
Are implants or bridges a better choice?
Can implants be used to restore multiple teeth?
Are implants expensive?
How long do implants last?
What if I do not have enough bone in my jaw for implants?
When an implant is surgically placed, how long until I get my new tooth?
How can I get a full set of teeth in one day?

Answers to FAQ


Are implants the right decision for me?

There are many options for replacing teeth, but implants is the only option that offers the level of stability as your own natural tooth. Implanted directly into your jawbone, implants offer a strong and permanent hold. This dental restoration has the highest success statistics of any other dental restoration. Some benefits to dental implants include:
•  They are integrated into bone, providing a strong false tooth root to support new teeth
•  Implants do not decay or suffer the same progression with severe gum disease issues as natural teeth
•  Implants look, feel and act like natural teeth, unlike other restoration options

Are implants or bridges a better choice?

Most patients are aware of the benefits of dental bridges. They replace a missing tooth and have been used successfully for many years, but there are some disadvantages. Bridges require two strong healthy teeth, which are permanently altered to support your bridge. Dental Implants are different. Implants replace missing teeth while not disturbing the neighboring teeth. Additionally, Implants fuse to your bone, making them a strong secure option.

Can implants be used to restore multiple teeth?

Yes! Implants can be used to restore one, multiple or even all of your teeth! A full set of fixed false teeth can be placed using dental implants. Once you have experienced tooth loss, the bony ridges in your mouth start to decrease as the bone atrophy's. Implants are placed preventing bone from shrinking, leaving you many future options for tooth replacement not available otherwise.

Are implants expensive?

Yes, dental implants can seem expensive at the time. The expense is based on a complete restoration done all at once, versus alternative restorations which will not be as reliable in the long term. To replace a single tooth an implant is usually less expensive than any alternative in our office. The cost of implant care increases with the complexity of the case, the history of tooth loss and the position of the implant in the mouth. The expense also gives you the result of a full dental restoration that will look and feel like your own natural teeth, giving you confidence and security.

How long do implants last?

Dental Implants typically have a long life span. Most patients never have to have their implants removed or reset. Research has shown that implants are 98% successful: a higher success rate than almost anything else in dentistry! Under professional care, implants should have a potential for lifetime durability. There are some risk factors that increase the failure rate, for instance smoking or chewing tobacco and unforeseen reactions. Ask us about our warranty.

What if I do not have enough bone in my jaw for implants?

Sometimes patients have insufficient bone to support the dental implant. Our surgeon, John C. Shillingburg, DDS are able to help create the necessary bone. Using minor bone grafting, we can improve and restore the bone lost from your extraction years ago. This procedure is done in office and is performed frequently where additional bone is required for success of our implant care. It is possible to have an implant for virtually any situation with expert care and planning.

When an implant is surgically placed, how long until I get my new tooth?

Following the procedure to place your dental implant, we wait for healing to occur before placing your new dental crown. In the event that it was your front teeth that were restored, we strive to place a temporary crown immediately. This is for your comfort. For your posterior or back teeth, we like to wait approximately 6-8 weeks before placing your dental crown. This healing or resting time allows the implant to heal along with your bone, giving you a stronger hold, which is necessary for high pressure chewing areas. In cases where there is uncertainty about the strength of the bone, more time may be required to ensure longevity (7-10 months). In every case, clinical experience along with the prevailing research guides our decision to finalize the implant restoration. We always plan for long-term success and we do not rush.

How can I get a full set of teeth in one day?

We are able to place a full set of dentures using four dental implants in each arch in one day. Patients can come in with no teeth and leave with a full permanent mouthful. Using CAT scan planning, we create a plan for immediate teeth replacements and the ultimate in surgical precision. At DFW Oral Surgeons, planning takes all the time when placing full implant supported dentures. We can deliver exceptional care quickly and never leave you without teeth, regardless of your particular need or treatment.

For more information on dental implants, contact John C. Shillingburg, DDS at our Flower Mound office (972) 539-1491.



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