Implant FAQs

Questions About Dental Implants

Do I qualify for dental implants?

Most patients who have lost one or more teeth may qualify for dental implant placement. Before recommending them, however, Dr. Richards will ensure that your teeth and gums are free of dental disease, and that your jawbone is healthy and dense enough to receive the implant posts.

How long do dental implants last?

Unlike conventional replacement teeth, dental implants can last for life with proper care and maintenance. After the implant is inserted into your jawbone, the bone will fuse to the implant post, making it a permanent part of your jawbone structure. Even if your restoration requires replacement after years of use, your implant posts will remain in place and able to support your new restoration.  

Is it difficult to maintain my implants and restoration?

Because dental implants are designed to closely mimic your natural teeth, caring for them is the same, too. Brush at least twice a day, floss daily, and attend a dental checkup and cleaning as often as Dr. Richards recommends. While your implants and restoration may not be susceptible to cavities, the tissues around them can develop gum disease if you don’t maintain excellent hygiene and regular dental care.

Can I receive an implant after having a tooth extracted?

When a tooth is severely damaged or internally infected and cannot be restored, extracting it may be the only course of action. With the exception of wisdom teeth, an extracted tooth should be replaced to maintain your bite balance and overall good oral health. In many cases, dental implants offer the optimal solution for replacing an extracted tooth and the root that once supported it.