Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Let's get the basics out of the way first- dental implants are the best way to replace damaged, missing or cracked teeth. However, we realize for those not familiar with dental implants, it can all seem a bit daunting. With that in mind, the Dental Implant Experts answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
Questions Before the Dental Implant Procedure
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants replace damaged or missing teeth with an artificial tooth root connected to a replacement tooth. This metal base is fused directly to the bone, making dental implants a permanent solution to replace a damaged or missing tooth. The replacement tooth looks, feels, and chews just like a real tooth.
How do Dental Implants Work?
The Dental Implant Experts will place a dental implant surgically into the jawbone and over time the implant will fuse with the bone to form a base for the replacement tooth. After the bone and implant have bonded, a Dental Implant Expert will place a small connector on top of the implant that will attach to the replacement tooth. Once that is complete, you have a beautiful new tooth that makes your smile whole again.
Do I Need Dental Implants?
Good question! In fact, this is such a good question that we decided to dedicate a bit more real estate to providing a full and comprehensive answer on the page Do I Need Dental Implants.
What Makes a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
In order to be able to safely and securely get dental implants, you need to have a track record of good oral health. The most important thing is having enough bones in your mouth and jaw and gums to support the dental implant. If you suffer from severe gum disease or bone loss in your mouth, dental implants may not be the best solution for you. Other ailments and diseases may hinder your ability to get dental implants, such as uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, alcoholism and smoking. Make sure to let your dental implant expert know your full medical history.
Questions During the Dental Implant Procedure
How Long Does Dental Implant Surgery Take?
Like most procedures, the amount of time it will take to complete a dental implant procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the work needed. For simple and straightforward dental implants, you can be in and out of the Dental Implant Experts' office in as little as an hour. If the procedure requires more attention, it can take a few hours. However, regardless of how complicated a dental implant surgery may be, it will still only be a one day procedure.
Does the Dental Implant Procedure Hurt?
Pain threshold varies significantly from person to person, so this is a tough question to answer, but we will give it our best shot. The Dental Implant Experts use sedation dentistry, which is a technique to help patients keep their mind at ease during a dental implant procedure. Unlike general anesthesia, patients are not "put under" with sedation dentistry, but rather put in to a deep state of relaxation. The patient will be conscious, drifting in and out of sleep, but unable to feel pain. A sedation dentistry expert will be constantly adjusting the level of sedation to make sure your mind and body are perfectly at ease for the duration of the dental implant procedure.
Questions after the dental implant procedure
Do Some People's Bodies Reject Dental Implants?
In very rare cases, a patient's body can reject a dental implant. Some people have an unknown titanium allergy and the titanium in the dental implant can cause some health issues. Another possible instance of the body rejecting a dental implant is if the implant does not fuse properly to the bone. In either case, the Dental Implant Experts will immediately remove the implant, let the area heal, then put in a news implant that will not cause any issues.
Will I Be Able to Eat Regularly After I Get My Dental Implants?
In the long run, yes. However, directly after the procedure it is probably best to stick to a modified diet and avoid chewy or tough foods for a couple of weeks. Once everything is set and healed, you should be able to eat anything and everything you want without restrictions. It probably isn't a good idea to try opening bottles with your teeth or anything, but the dental implant should act and function as a normal tooth.
How Long Will My Dental Implant Last?
Like a normal tooth, how long your dental implants last depends on how you treat them. If you take care of your oral health, eat a balanced diet, and avoid gum disease there is no reason why a dental implant shouldn't last for several decades. We have seen dental implants last over 40 years before! However, if you avoid brushing and flossing, issues might spring up.
Do Dental Implants Require Special Care and Maintenance?
Dental Implants require the same amount of special care that teeth do. You have to brush them twice a day, floss daily and make sure to visit your dentist twice a year. An important thing to pay attention to is gum health. If you have issues with your gums, it makes you much more likely to lose a dental implant.