Questions about Dental Implants

Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, South Carolina

Why should I consider dental implants?

When you lose a tooth, you also lose the root connected to it. Without your natural root sending a message to your body that bone is required to hold a tooth in place, you will begin to experience bone loss, which can eventually lead to jaw collapse. Dental implants are the only form of tooth replacement that address this issue. Once your jawbone accepts the dental implant root, it will treat it just like a natural tooth root, once again signalling your body to produce bone for support.

Apart from this, dental implants are the strongest and most permanent solution for missing teeth. The titanium root anchors your new tooth firmly in place, giving it the same strength as your natural teeth and restoring full functionality to your smile. With a 98% success rate, dental implants are simply the best tooth replacement method available.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are permanent. When an implant is inserted into your jawbone, your body accepts it as a new tooth. This process, called osseointegration, allows your implant to become a permanent part of your smile. With proper care, most dental implants can last for decades; in fact, some people never have to replace their implants.

How long does the dental implant process take?

The process of oseointegration can take up to six months to complete. During this time, your jawbone will be forming around the implant to ensure a permanent hold. Although this process may seem long, it is well worth the end result when you consider the wealth of lifetime benefits offered by dental implants.

How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental implants varies from patient to patient.The best way to get an estimate of both surgical and restoration costs is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gross.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

Good candidates for dental implants should be nonsmokers who are physically healthy and free of gum disease. In addition, ideal candidates must have sufficient bone density at the site of their missing tooth to support an implant. During your initial consultation, Dr. Gross can examine your teeth and bone density levels to determine whether or not dental implants are right for you. If you are not a candidate, we offer dental bridges as an alternative.

If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, please contact Dr. Timothy Gross today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve patients in the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas of South Carolina.