Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium screws that are placed in the jawbone to replace missing teeth. They act as artificial roots, providing a strong foundation for a new tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or even all of the teeth in a jaw.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer a number of benefits over other tooth replacement options, such as bridges and dentures, including:
- A natural look and feel: Dental implants are made to look and feel like natural teeth, so you can smile and speak confidently.
- Improved function: Dental implants are anchored directly into the jawbone, so they provide the same level of function as natural teeth. You can eat, chew, and speak with ease.
- Long-term durability: Dental implants are made from high-quality materials and are designed to last for many years.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most people with missing teeth are good candidates for dental implants. However, there are a few factors that your dentist will consider to determine if you are a good candidate, such as:
- Your overall health: Dental implants are not suitable for everyone. People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or osteoporosis, may not be good candidates for dental implants.
- Your oral health: Your dentist will need to assess your oral health to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. You must have healthy gums and enough jawbone to support the implant.
- Your smoking habits: Smoking can increase the risk of dental implant failure. If you smoke, you will need to quit before getting dental implants.
What is the dental implant procedure like?
The dental implant procedure is typically performed in two stages. During the first stage, the implant is placed into the jawbone. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, but it is also possible to have the procedure performed under sedation or general anesthesia.
Once the implant is placed, it will take several months for the jawbone to fuse around the implant. During this time, you will wear a temporary tooth replacement.
Once the jawbone has fused around the implant, the second stage of the procedure is performed. During this stage, the dentist will place a permanent tooth replacement, such as a crown, bridge, or denture, on the implant.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have a very high success rate, with over 95% of implants lasting for at least 10 years. However, the success rate of dental implants can vary depending on a number of factors, such as your overall health, your oral health, and your smoking habits.
How to care for dental implants
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly and see your dentist for checkups and cleanings.
Cost of dental implants
The cost of dental implants varies depending on a number of factors, such as the number of implants you need, the location of your missing teeth, and the experience of your dentist. However, dental implants are generally considered to be a good investment, as they can last for many years.
Frequently asked questiona:
Q: Are dental implants painful?
A: The dental implant procedure is typically not painful. Most people report only mild discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
Q: How long does the dental implant procedure take?
A: The dental implant procedure can take several months to complete. The first stage of the procedure, when the implant is placed into the jawbone, usually takes about an hour. The second stage of the procedure, when the permanent tooth replacement is placed, usually takes about 30 minutes.
Q: What can I eat after getting dental implants?
A: After getting dental implants, you will need to follow a soft diet for several weeks. This will help to prevent the implant from being damaged. After a few weeks, you should be able to return to your normal diet.
Q: Can I smoke after getting dental implants?
A: Smoking can increase the risk of dental implant failure. Therefore, it is important to quit smoking before getting dental implants. If you are unable to quit smoking, talk to your dentist about the risks and benefits of dental implants.
If you have any other questions about dental implants, be sure to talk to your dentist. Contact us today at Sbenati Dentistry to schedule a consultation and let us help you with any of your dental needs. [https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview]
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