Are you thinking about getting dental implants to replace a missing tooth? If that's the case, you're almost certainly going to have a lot of questions, but where do you start? Our Langley dentists have put together a list of frequently asked questions.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement device made up of a titanium screw and a restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). It should look and feel like a regular tooth.
How will a dental implant benefit my oral health?
Replacing missing teeth is a top priority for oral health. Failure to replace missing teeth can result in misalignment of adjacent teeth and other dental problems. It can:
- Improve or restore facial tissues
- Help you speak and eat more easily
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
A dental implant can help you feel better about yourself by improving your appearance and function. An implant can help you regain confidence in your smile and reintroduce you to your favourite foods after the procedure.
Are dental implants safe?
The only restorative procedure that stimulates natural bone growth in the space beneath a missing tooth is dental implant surgery. They are one of the most secure dental procedures available.
How long do implants last?
When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. All types of dental implants are getting better. The expected lifespan of cylindrical dental implant systems has yet to be determined.
Does it hurt to have a dental implant placed? What is the process?
Implants can be placed in a few visits over several months by a dentist or periodontist.
We take impressions and X-rays of your jaw and teeth to ascertain the amount of available gum tissue, bone, and spacing for the dental implant.
Following anesthetic administration, dental implants are surgically implanted into the bone. Each dental procedure is designed to cause our patients the least amount of pain possible. Over six months, this area will heal and integrate with the bone.
A second surgery to place the "post" that secures the artificial tooth in place may be required, depending on the type of implant used.
Your new teeth will be custom-made to fit your mouth after a few weeks. This step could take up to two months due to the large volume of fittings required. The dentist will attach the artificial teeth to the implant after another period of recovery, which will provide excellent stability and comfort.
How long will my dental implant take to heal?
Your situation has an impact on your recovery. Your procedure may take a little longer if you have any pre-existing conditions or need any special procedures before your dental implant surgery. A dental implant can take anywhere from two to nine months to heal. The bone around your implant must heal for it to stay in place.
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of your dental implants is determined by a variety of factors, including whether your insurance will cover the entire cost of the surgery and implant or only a portion of it. Dental implants are usually not covered by all or a portion of some health insurance plans. Your dentist should be able to provide you with a treatment plan that includes an appointment schedule, follow-up checkups, and a cost estimate. Inquire about the type of implant that will be used and why it is the best option for your situation.Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and their potential benefits? Contact Willowbrook Dental Clinic today to schedule an appointment.