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Dental Implant FAQs
What is a dental implant?

A dental implant consists of three separate components: a root implant, connector post, and crown. The root implant, a metallic post, is placed into the missing tooth’s bone socket. It is permanently anchored to the jaw as the jawbone heals. A small connector post known as an abutment is then securely attached to the root implant. The abutment holds the crown, which is a replacement tooth individually made to match the appearance of your natural teeth.


What are dental implants used for?

Implants are a great solution for patients with missing or damaged teeth. They are also a wonderful alternative to bridges and partial dentures for tooth replacement. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth.

What should be expected at my first visit?

At your first visit, we examine your teeth and discuss the options that are specific to your needs. You should expect to spend twenty minutes in conversation with the dental team. During this time, you will ask and answer questions and look at models of related procedures. In addition, you’ll go through an estimate for the work that is needed and discuss financial options. Sometimes, it is necessary to take X-rays, measurements and/or molds of your teeth in order to make good-quality judgments. If you approve of the plan, appointments are scheduled.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved appearance: Dental implants feel and look like your natural teeth and can restore your smile’s natural radiance and balance.

Improved comfort: Permanent dental implants are more comfortable than removable dentures because they are securely placed in the jaw.

Improved confidence: Dental implants can restore your ability to smile with confidence.

Improved Speech: Unlike poor-fitting dentures, dental implants are individually designed to fit perfectly in your mouth, allowing you to speak clearly without fear of slipping.

Improved Oral Health: Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require altering adjacent healthy teeth. More of your natural teeth are left intact, which improves oral health in the long term. Single implants also make it easier to access the space between teeth, which improves oral hygiene.

Durability: Dental implants are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime with proper care.

How long will dental implants last?

Your implant can actually last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.


I have some health problems that my current dentist says to prevent the use of implants to replace my missing teeth. Will I have to get dentures?

Admittedly, there are a handful of diseases that interfere with the use of implants, particularly a type called “endosseous”. This type is most often used to replace single teeth. However, prosthodontists are specialists in implants, placing several types and working with different manufacturers’ designs. A conference with your health care provider, combined with a properly selected implant and proper maintenance, may be all that’s needed.

My family dentist does not perform implants because they say that they are problematic. Is this true?

When implants first became available, over twenty years ago, no one realized the importance of surgical techniques and as a result, failures were quite common. Today, there is a 92% success rate. Patients that receive implants are astounded at the results and experience a dramatic improvement in their quality of life.

For additional questions on implant dentistry, please visit our Implant Dentistry, and to schedule an appointment, please contact our Chicago dental implant office and a member of the Winterset team will be glad to be of service.

Dr. Anil K. Agarwal has been a Board-Certified Prosthodontist for more than thirty years. He earned his DDS in 1974 from King George’s Medical School and went on to complete a residency in Prosthodontics at Northwestern University. Dr. Agarwal earned both Fellowship and Diplomate status in the International Congress of Oral ImplantologistsCongress of Oral Implantologists, and has Fellow status in the Academy of General Dentistry and the American College of Osseointegration.