FAQs About Dental Implants

What will a replacement tooth look like? Will I have to remove an implanted tooth at night? How secure are my implants? We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants and provided the answers here. Browse or search our FAQs today!

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  • I hate my lower denture, what options do I have?


    You are not alone, about 90% of people with lower dentures have difficulty with them.  Unlike upper dentures which use the anatomy of the palate to create suction, lower dentures rely on the tongue and cheek muscles to hold them in place.  This is extremely difficult for the majority of people to get used to.  Implants change everything about lower dentures.  We can place two implants in the bone where your canine or I teeth used to be and then place snaps in the denture.  The denture then snaps onto the implants which holds the denture in place.  My happiest patients are the ones that go from a conventional lower denture to an implant supported denture.  I had one patient tell me he had forgotten what it was like to have a real meal until he got his implants!   At Sunshine Smile Designs, we do a free implant consult for anyone interested in changing their life!

  • How much do implants cost and how long do they last?

    Implants vary in price depending on your bone structure and skeletal composition.  Therefore, without an evaluation it is very hard to give an exact price on implants.  Usually a set implant fee does not include the other procedures that may be necessary in order to place an implant.  That is why at Sunshine Smile Designs we always offer free implant consults.  This way we can give you an exact price along with payment options to see if implants are an option for you.  Most dentistry has a life expectance of about 8-10 years.  However, this is not the case with implants.  Because implants integrate into your bone and become a part of your body, implants last as long as you do.  Implants also cannot get decay like tooth borne dentistry which is another reason they do not have a life expectancy.  Therefore, when considering the price of implants, it is important to consider that when done by a trained dentist, they will not need to be replaced in your lifetime.  So, while implants can be expensive at the onset, the longevity of the treatment must be considered!  

  • What is an implant and should I get one?

    An implant is a titanium screw that is screwed into the jawbone.  Over a few months, the implant actually integrates into the body and becomes part of the jawbone which makes it very stable.  Once the actual implant is integrated, different pieces can be placed onto the top of the implant.  This allows the implant to either act as a tooth or act as an anchor for a removable appliance like a denture or partial.