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Dental Implant FAQ's

Dental Implant FAQ's

Will my implants feel and function like natural teeth?

Implants function much more like natural teeth than dentures. Implants are supported by the bone, not gum tissues, allowing 90 percent of chewing force to be restored when functioning with natural teeth.

Are implants noticeable? Will they look like my natural teeth?

Not at all. Since the replacement tooth or teeth covers the entire implant post, no one will know you have dental implants unless you tell them. Implants do positively affect the cosmetic appearance of your teeth; however dentists look more at the health and functionality benefits that will be made possible.

Is hospitalization necessary for the implant procedure?

Not usually, most implant procedures are completed with a local anesthetic in office. Other sedation methods may also be available. The only circumstances a brief hospital stay may be necessary is if a patient’s health is compromised or a complex surgical procedure is required.

How long will the implant process take?

Implants can usually be placed in only one or two visits, with some cases fully completed in less than six weeks. However, the total length of the process is determined by factors such as length of healing time, type of implant and type of tooth replacement. When your initial procedure is completed, you’ll be fitted with temporary teeth allowing you to eat and function normally. Once you are fully healed, you’ll return to receive your new permanent teeth.

How are implants specifically placed?

Implants are placed surgically. Surgery time and what post-surgical care will be necessary depend on the complexity of the case and type of implant selected. After the procedure, you will be prescribed medication and receive recommendations the benefit your comfort and healing time.

Will I experience any pain or discomfort? What is the recovery period?

Anesthesia provided during the procedure will prevent any pain or discomfort. Afterwards, medication for pain, swelling or to prevent infections will be prescribed as well. Recovery times can vary. Many only experience swelling and don’t need pain medication after the procedure. A soft food diet will be necessary for a few weeks, which allows your implants to heal. After that, you can enjoy your favorite foods again.

When will my permanent replacement tooth or teeth be attached?

Placing your permanent replacement(s) depends upon your healing time. This also depends upon the type of implant placed and whether or not the implant is allowed to osseointegrate – implants that heal into the bone. With most endosseous implants, the replacement tooth or teeth can be constructed within a few weeks of surgery and then placed once the implant is fully healed.

What are the chances of infection or other problems occurring?

The possibility of infection occurring in areas around implants is the same for natural teeth. Practicing good oral health will help prevent infection. In addition, since implants are made from biocompatible materials, the normally are not rejected by the body.

If my implants fail, can they be replaced?

Dental implants can fail due to disease or surgical complications. Many of the same reasons that cause normal tooth problems can negatively affect implants as well, such as teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction and gum disease. Usually, with today’s dental implant systems, a failed implant can be replaced.

How much do implants cost?

Cost depends upon the type of implant used and your individual case needs. A wide range of implants exist with varying fees. In your consultation with your dentist, a treatment plan identifying your needs and explaining fees will be discussed. Insurance coverage varies depending upon your provider. Some dental and medical insurances cover part of the expense in implant procedures and the replacement prosthetics necessary. Additionally, other payment options may be available to fit your needs.

How long do implants last?

The longevity of implants depends upon certain factors such as your oral and overall health, condition of your bone structure and jaw and how well the implants are taken care of. Although no definite time frame can be given, healthy individuals who practice good oral hygiene typically enjoy the benefits of implants for many years.