Dental implants have become a very common procedure to restore teeth lost to trauma, decay, or disease. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will provide all the information you need to replace lost dentition. Some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants include:
Since implants are surgically embedded in gum tissue, will I require sedation? Usually a local anesthetic is sufficient. However, all patients are different … your dental provider will work with you to accommodate your concerns regarding your comfort and safety.
Are implants better than other dental prosthetics? Dental implants are permanent with no moving parts. The cosmetic restoration will be cemented to the implant allowing the patient to enjoy a fixed tooth replacement not available with a standard bridge or denture. Permanence is an advantage in that you are never without your teeth. Fixed means no slippage or movement concerns.
How long does the dental implant process take? Everyone is different, and generally your dentist might ask you to allow a year from start to finish.
Is a specialist needed or can my regular dentist render this treatment? Dental implants require specific training. If your regular dentist has undergone this additional schooling, you’re good to go.
How long will my implant last? The implant itself is a small titanium post. Once placed, bone will graft to the implant allowing it to be totally integrated into your dental anatomy. At this point, the implant itself is there for life. The cosmetic restoration that covers the implant may require replacement at some point, but not for many years.
What kind of food restrictions will I have? Absolutely none – you can resume eating all the foods you love once your implant has healed and restoration has been placed.
Does smoking or tobacco use exclude me from getting a dental implant? Not necessarily, but your dentist will advise you to discontinue use; and some dental providers may choose not to place implants in the mouth of a smoker.
Is special care needed for the implant? The patient will be expected to keep the implant area clean to prevent infection throughout the healing process. Once the restoration has been cemented in place, brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist for cleaning and exam are all you need to care for your new dental implant and the restoration it supports. Contact us today!