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David B. Solomon, DDS | Dental Implant FAQ's in Cambridge

David B. Solomon, D.D.S.

                                      Cambridge Smiles

     

   Family and Cosmetic Dentistry   

 

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a prosthetic replacement root for a missing tooth. It is a titanium fixture that becomes incorporated into the supporting bone. An abutment and crown are then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is long lasting and natural looking. 

How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures are a removable set of teeth or partial set of teeth that need to be removed and cared for in a special manner. They can often feel bulky and can be challenging to get used to. Dental implants are a long lasting replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth. 

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants can look and feel just like real teeth. You can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and the procedure is very successful and affordable with multiple financial options available to you. 

Who can place a dental implant?

An oral surgeon or periodontist working in collaboration with Dr. Solomon will perform the base implant placement procedure. After initial integration of the implant, Dr. Solomon will continue with the fabrication of the implant crown or other prosthetic and the attachment (abutment) necessary to connect them to the implant.

How much do implants cost?
The cost of your dental implants will vary based upon the number placed, the implant type, and the complexity of the prosthetic restoration.  Call us to schedule a consultation. You can explore the treatment plan choices that meet your needs and review the many payment, dental insurance, and patient financing options available to you.

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 us or with your oral surgeon or periodontist. 

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