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At Faircourt Dental Smile Studio, Dr. Mary Sue Stonisch wants you to experience the difference modern dentistry has to offer.

Mary Sue Stonisch, D.D.S. runs a general and preventative dental practice with expertise in aesthetics and implant dentistry. She is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and a Diplomat with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Stonisch also teaches Dentists as a mentor at the Kois Center in Seattle.

Dental Implants – Common Questions

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Have questions about dental implants?  Read on to find the answers you are looking for.

If you have a missing tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are adoption to correct your problem. When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person can experience complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns that result in discomfort. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and health.

A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that could last for your entire life. Unlike dentures, which could slide around in your mouth, dental implants are placed directly in your jaw. This allows an implant to look and function much like the natural tooth it replaces. Dental implant systems consist of a dental implant body and dental implant abutment and may also include an abutment fixation screw. The dental implant body is surgically inserted in the jawbone in place of the tooth’s root. The dental implant abutment is usually attached to the implant body by the abutment fixation screw and extends through gums into the mouth to support the attached artificial teeth.

If you’re considering dental implants, below are some commonly asked questions along with answers to provide more information on the next best thing to a natural tooth!

1. What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are surgically placed in the jawbone. They provide a permanent base for replacing missing teeth with crowns, bridges, or dentures.

2. Who can get dental implants?

In general, anyone who is healthy enough to undergo oral surgery can get dental implants. However, individuals who have gum disease, bone loss, or other oral health issues may need to have these conditions treated before receiving implants.

3. How long does the implant process take?

The implant process can take several months to complete. After the implant is placed in the jawbone, it takes about 3-6 months for it to fuse with the bone in a process called osseointegration. Once the implant is fully integrated with the bone, the restoration (the crown, bridge, or denture) can be attached to the implant.

4. Are dental implants painful?

Most patients report that the dental implant procedure is not painful. Local anesthesia is used during the surgery to numb the area and sedation options are available for patients who experience anxiety.

5. How long do dental implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for many years, and even a lifetime. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene, attend regular checkups with your dentist and follow all the care recommendations.

6. Are dental implants covered by insurance?

Dental implants are considered a cosmetic procedure and therefore usually not covered by insurance. However, some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost of dental implants or restoration.

7. What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent and natural-looking solution to missing teeth. They can improve your ability to chew and speak, and help you maintain good dental health by preventing bone loss and shifting of teeth. They also provide improved cosmetic appearance.


If you are thinking about getting dental implants to replace your lost teeth, you should entrust your future smile to someone with the skills and technology to make your treatment a success. To learn more about how Dr. Stonisch, her team, and the tools in our office can help you, contact us today for a free consultation at 313-882-2000.


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