FAQs about Dental Implants

By Phil Hart, DDS
July 19, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Want to know whether dental implants are the best option to replace your missing tooth or teeth? Well, you are in luck! Dental-ImplantHere are some FAQS regarding dental implant to give you an understanding about this restoration, how it works, and whether you’re an ideal candidate to undergo treatment from our Bartlett, TN, dentist, Dr. Phillip Hart!


What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth that closely resembles the look and functionality of a real tooth. A complete dental implant is made up of three different parts,

  • The implant, or small metal post (the part that replaces the tooth roots)
  • An abutment, which connects the false tooth to the top of the metal implant
  • A false tooth


Do I need surgery in order to get a dental implant?

Yes, you will need to undergo surgery, however, this procedure is minor and can be performed right here in our Bartlett office by our dentist. Furthermore, the procedure is performed under local anesthetic for a pain-free time.


How long will it take to get a complete dental implant?

This will vary from person to person and there are several factors that will determine the length of your treatment. Some factors include how quickly you heal after surgery, as well as the number of implants you are getting. Additionally, it can take up to 6 months for the jawbone and implant to fuse together. Most patients will get their implant within 9-12 months.


How long do dental implants last?

Since the implant fuses with the jawbone, this makes it a permanent structure. Therefore, it’s designed to last for several decades. Some patients even end up having their implant for the rest of their lives.


Give us a call!

If you think a dental implant is the right tooth replacement option to meet your needs, then it’s time to call our Bartlett, TN, dental office at (239) 593-0777 to schedule a consultation. We have restored countless smiles thanks to implants and yours could be next!