Dental Implant FAQ

Frequently Asked Dental Implant Questions

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are metal anchors, acting as tooth root substitutes, which are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. Then, small posts are attached to the dental implant, which protrudes through the gums. These provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Generally speaking, if you’re in good general health and have enough jawbone, an implant may be a successful treatment option for you. The road to implant treatment begins with a consult with our specialist, Dr. Coleman, where we use our 3D Cone Beam technology to assess your individual case, and determine your treatment options.

Who will place the dental implant?

A Periodontist or Oral Surgeon places dental implants, as they have gone through extensive and formal training to perform the treatment. Our in-office Periodontist, Dr. Daniel Coleman, is a Board Certified Periodontist. His familiarity with these procedures will ensure the best possible results for your treatment plan.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Provide a more natural feel and bite than other alternatives

  • Fixed in place; no slipping or shifting inside your mouth
  • Easier to clean and maintain than a dental bridge or removable prosthesis
  • Longer lasting solution than the other restorative options

How long do dental implants last?

In general, dental implants are 95-98% successful, and may last a life time. It is important to know that implants, just like natural teeth, require maintenance and professional cleaning to remain healthy and to ensure optimal results.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Care for dental implants is performed the same as you would with natural teeth; brushing and flossing twice a day, and by receiving routine professional dental cleanings. This will ensure plaque and tarter does not adhere to the prosthesis.

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For more information about Dental Implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Coleman, call our Littleton MA office at Nashoba Family Dentists Phone Number (978) 486-8261 or

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