If you’re considering tooth replacement, you may have some dental implant questions before making a decision. We’ve answered some FAQ about implants below. If you have further questions, call us at 210-951-4444.
What Are Dental Implants Made Of?
Implants are made of many materials, but the main two are titanium and porcelain. With titanium, the advantages are strength and biocompatibility with the human body. The advantage of porcelain is that it is not only strong and biocompatible, it is also more aesthetically pleasing since it is the same color as a natural tooth.
What Do Dental Implants Cost?
The cost of dental implants varies by each case. This is why it is important to talk to your dentist about the best option and fully understand the benefits of treatment. The cost of treatment is usually going to be less than the cost of treating future complications caused by not addressing missing or severely damaged teeth.
Are Dental Implants Worth It?
In most cases, yes, but it will all depend on your unique case. There are times when a bridge, or even a veneer, is going to deliver the best result instead. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced restorative dentist who can really understand your situation and offer the best solution possible. Beware of “teeth in one day” solutions, since those teeth are most often plastic.
Veneers vs. Implants – Which Is Better?
A veneer is just a thin layer on the top of your natural tooth, which means that you keep the actual tooth underneath. An implant is an entirely new tooth and tooth root. It is a brilliant tooth replacement option if you are missing teeth or if a tooth is so badly damaged it cannot be salvaged.
We do not recommend replacing a good tooth with an implant. We only use implants to replace missing teeth or teeth so badly damaged that veneers will not provide an adequate solution.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
Dental implants are very safe. Due to the latest advances in technology, the dental community has learned a great deal from past “mistakes” so that all the issues are now sorted out. From imaging and X-rays to materials used to the actual procedure, so much has advanced in recent years that this technology is highly safe and is here to stay.