Dental Implant FAQs
Would I have any temporary teeth during the implant process or healing phrase?
If there is a cosmetic concern with the implant site, there are some options to help get you through the healing process. Sometimes a temporary crown can also be placed on the implant at the time the surgery is taking place.
Does it hurt to get a dental implant?
With anesthetic, you will be comfortable through the implant procedure. Most of our patients experience very little, if any, discomfort. Any discomfort is usually well managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Will dental implants feel like normal teeth?
Most patients cannot tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implants once they have been restored.
I am missing a lot of teeth. What can I do about that?
Whether you are missing one tooth or missing a whole arch of teeth, we treat all cases. Our dentist will review your case and develop some treatment options for your specific situation.
Are there any complications or risks associated with dental implants?
There is an extremely high success rate for dental implants; however, as with any other procedure, there can be complications. Such complications may include the loss of the implant. If this occurs, the implant can usually be successfully replaced.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal anchor that acts as a tooth root substitute. These implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and can be on the upper or lower jawbone. After the implant is placed, small posts are then attached to the implant, which will protrude through the gums. This provides stable anchors for the artificial teeth replacements.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If you have enough jawbone and are in good general health, an implant may be a good option for you.
Who will place the dental implant?
A general dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon can place implants since they have gone through formal and extensive training on that specific procedure.
What is the advantage of dental implants?
- Easier to maintain and clean than removable prosthesis or dental bridges
- Longer lasting option than other restorative procedures
- They are “fixed” in place – no shifting or slipping in your mouth
How long does an implant last?
Generally, dental implants can last a lifetime and they are 95-98% successful. Implants (just like natural teeth) can require maintenance and require professional cleanings to help ensure the best results.
How do I take care of my implants?
You will want to follow the same protocol for your implants as you would with your natural teeth. Staying on top of brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits/cleanings will help to ensure that tartar and plaque do not adhere to the prosthesis.