If you're thinking about getting dental implants to replace missing teeth, you probably have a lot of questions. But where do you begin? Our dentists in Summerland have compiled a list of the top seven questions that our patients frequently ask. We believe this is an excellent starting point for communication with your dental team.
What is a dental implant?
The artificial titanium screw and restoration (replacement tooth, denture or bridge) that make up your dental implant are designed to take the place of a missing tooth. It should look and feel just like a normal tooth.
How will my oral health benefit from a dental implant?
When it comes to maintaining oral health, replacing missing teeth is one of our top priorities. If missing teeth are not replaced, surrounding teeth may begin to shift out of place, resulting in more serious dental problems. We can do the following with effective and long-lasting implants:
- Help you eat and speak more easily
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
- Improve or restore tissues in the face
A dental implant should improve your function and appearance while also making you more comfortable. Furthermore, you should regain confidence in your smile and will not be restricted in what you can eat once you have recovered from the procedure.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant procedures are usually one of the safest surgeries in dentistry. It is also the only restoration treatment that promotes natural bone growth beneath a missing tooth.
Does it hurt to have a dental implant placed? What is the process?
The dental implant process will take a few visits over several months and is performed by a dentist or periodontist.
During your first appointment, impressions (moulds) and X-Rays of the jaw and teeth will be taken to determine how much gum tissue, bone and spacing are available for a dental implant.
The area around your implant will be numbed with an anesthetic while it is surgically placed into the bone. Our goal with every dental treatment is to make our patients as comfortable as possible. After that, the area will need to heal and integrate with the bone, which can take up to 6 months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be required to insert the "post" that will hold the artificial tooth in place.
Artificial teeth will be made to fit your mouth several weeks later. Because several fittings may be required, this step could take up to two months to complete. Following another period of healing, the dentist will securely attach the artificial teeth to the implant, providing you with stability and comfort.
How long will my dental implant take to heal?
A dental implant can take between 2 and 9 months to heal, depending on your circumstances, such as whether you have any pre-existing conditions or require special procedures before the dental implant surgery. The bone surrounding your implant will need to heal for the implant to be secure in place.
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of your dental implant will be determined by a variety of factors, including whether or not your insurance will cover all or part of the surgery and implant itself. Some healthcare plans will not cover any portion of the cost of an implant. Your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan that includes a cost estimate as well as an outline of appointment schedules and follow-up checkups. Inquire about the type of implant that will be used as well as why it is the best option for your needs.
How long do implants last?
If properly cared for, dental implants can last for decades. All types of dental implants are getting better. There is no time limit on the life expectancy of cylindrical dental implant systems at the moment.
Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants
There is a lot to learn about dental implants, and you may have additional questions based on your specific situation. Our dentists in Summerland are always available to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about dental implants or upcoming procedures.