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Vestavia Dentist | Vestavia dental care | AL | Dental Implant FAQ's

2816 Columbiana Rd  |  Vestavia Hills,  |   AL 35216  |  (205) 823-3223
G. Robin Pruitt, Jr., D.M.D.  |  Joseph C. Schilleci, D.M.D.  |  Rana W. Ahmad, D.M.D.

Dental Implant FAQ's
 

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a permanent new root for a missing tooth, a titanium tooth root that takes place of a natural tooth root. It is a titanium screw that is placed into the jaw bone. An abutment and crown is then placed on the implant to provide a new tooth that is permanent and looks just like a natural tooth.

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 are difficult to get used to. Dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth that can be cared for just like natural teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants look and feel just like real teeth, they are permanent, you can eat the foods you want without any fear of embarrassment, and they procedure is very successful and fairly inexpensive.

Who will place my dental implant?
Dr. Pruitt will surgically place your implant. He will implant a titanium tooth root into your jawbone, and your body's bone tissue will fuse with the titanium to create a solid, reliable prosthetic tooth root. Then a handcrafted tooth is adhered so you can enjoy the function, beauty, and health benefits of a solid and natural smile.

How much do implants cost?
The price of your dental implants will vary based on how many implants you are having placed, amount of insurance coverage, and more. Schedule a consultation with us to determine a price for your implants and a financing plan if necessary.

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 Dr. Pruitt.

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

Why should I get dental implants?
Dental Implants create a beautiful smile - the smile you deserve! You'll find renewed confidence in eating, speaking and sharing your smile with the world. Dental implants also:
 

  • Make you look younger by providing internal facial structure
  • Prevent bone loss, which occurs when teeth are missing
  • Keep your healthy teeth safe by reducing stress
  • Keep your other teeth in correct position
  • Free you to eat whatever you want to, whenever you want to
  • Can increase your sense of taste
  • Free you to speak and laugh with confidence
  • Offer a long-term smile solution
  • Improve your quality of life



Dental Implants improve quality of life through enhanced...

  • Function- Implants are the closest prosthetic to natural teeth, offering a titanium root for a solid foundation. Additionally, speech is easier and clearer with a full set of teeth. Dental implants can replace single teeth or full dentures.
  • Aesthetics- Implants complete a smile with beautiful restorations that blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. You'll experience the confidence that comes from a complete smile.
  • Health- With reliable dental implants, you can eat all the foods required in a healthy, balanced diet. Studies show that patients without teeth do not live as long as those with natural or prosthetic teeth.

 

 
 
 
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