Dental Implant FAQs

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Northside Dental Clinic in Springfield, Missouri, provides a wide range of dental services for you and your family. 

Dental implants offer one way to strengthen your bite if you have a missing tooth or two rather than having a full set of dentures for your entire mouth.  

We answer frequently asked questions about dental implants in today’s blog.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants serve as replacement teeth by providing a strong foundation for permanent teeth. A titanium post is placed in your jaw bone before a permanent, artificial tooth is placed on the post. 

Why do I need a dental implant?

Benefits of dental implants include:

  • They behave and feel like a real tooth
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime
  • These devices keep adjacent teeth stable and help prevent teeth from moving
  • Supporting a healthy bite
  • Preserve your jawbone 
  • Decrease bone deterioration

What is the best age for dental implants?

Studies show that patients achieve the best long-term aesthetics when they receive dental implants between the ages of 25 and 30. 

Patients should wait for dental implants until after their jaw stops developing, generally after age 18 and all permanent teeth have come in.

Who is not suitable to receive dental implants?

Every person’s mouth is different. In general, patients are not good candidates for dental implants if they:

  • Take certain medications such as steroids or immunosuppressant drugs
  • Severely grind teeth
  • Severely clench teeth

People who grind or clench teeth can put too much pressure on implants, which could damage them and cause problems with the underlying bone. 

How much do dental implants cost?

For a single tooth, one dental implant costs $3,485 at Northside Dental Clinic in Springfield, Missouri. A single full arch bridge, or four implants along with the fixed arch, costs $20,397 per arch.

The price of one implant includes the artificial tooth root implanted in the jaw, the support post for the artificial tooth, and the dental crown (false tooth) that covers the post and acts as a replacement tooth.

How long do dental implants last?

In general, they last 25 years or more. People with good oral hygiene will have their implants last longer compared to people who don’t.

How many dental offices can outfit you with dental implants in Springfield, Missouri?

More than 100 dentists in Springfield can help you with dental implants, including Northside Dental Clinic. Call us today at (417) 862-2468 for more information.