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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

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Are you thinking about getting dental implants to restore your smile? Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed in your jawbone to act as artificial tooth roots. Because titanium is biocompatible, they fuse to your jaw to create sturdy and stable supports for your restorations.  While you may have seen the beautiful results, we understand that you probably have some questions surrounding dental implants and the procedure at D. Michael Miller, DDS. That’s why we’ve included some frequently asked questions and their answers to make it easy on you.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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One of the biggest benefits that dental implants have to offer is their permanence. They are the only replacement option that actually becomes a part of your body. For this reason, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care. A good at-home brushing and flossing routine as well as regular dental visits can extend the lifespan of your dental implants. Additionally, bad habits like habitual tobacco or alcohol use could shorten the lifetime of your implants.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

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The cost of your dental implants will depend on how many you need, where they need to be placed, the type of implant, and more. You also have to factor in the cost of your restoration (the crown, bridge, or denture being attached to your implants). The only way to know the cost of your dental implant procedure for certain is to contact our office for a consultation. Our Oak Hills, San Antonio dentist will carefully examine your mouth to give you an estimate.

Will the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?

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While placing titanium in your jawbone may sound painful, the most discomfort patients report is soreness after the procedure is complete. That’s because you don’t have any nerve endings that feel pain in your jawbone! At D. Michael Miller, DDS, our team makes sure you’re comfortable and numb before the procedure starts. We will also provide you with medication and after-care tips to make the recovery process as easy as possible.

How Do I Know if Dental Implants Are Right for Me?

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Candidates for dental implants are typically those with strong jawbones and a commitment to good oral healthcare. However, there are options like bone grafting that can accommodate those with weaker jawbones. The best way to know if you’re a candidate is to schedule a visit. Dr. Miller will take an in-depth look at your mouth to see if dental implants are right for you.

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