If you are missing teeth as a result of tooth decay or injury, you may be considering dental implants. Below is a bit of information that may help you decide if this form of treatment is right for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
- Why would one need dental implants?
Implants are an excellent option for people who have lost teeth as a result of periodontal disease or injury. Many options exist for replacing teeth, but dental implants provide the feel, function, and appearance of natural teeth.
- Is dental implant surgery painful?
The implant procedure is usually done with the use of local anesthesia, so you should not feel anything.
- How long does the surgery take?
The duration of the procedure depends on the number of implants you are receiving; however, a simple placement procedure generally takes less than an hour.
- Can I eat after surgery?
Your dentist will suggest that you eat only soft nutritious foods and stay hydrated immediately following implantation. You will be provided with specific instructions on how to care for your implants during the healing process.
- How long do implants last?
Many implants last over 40 years. If cared for properly, your implants should last at least this long.
- What happens if my body rejects an implant?
A titanium allergy is very rare, but may cause the rejection of an implant. Also, on occasion, an implant will fail to fuse to the bone because it develops a layer of tissue around it or it gets infected. If this happens, it just needs to be removed and allowed to heal. The oral surgeon can try again with a new implant once it has healed.
- How strong are dental implants?
Implants are actually stronger than natural teeth and do not wear down as easily as our own.
- Will insurance cover the cost of implants?
Dental implants usually are not covered by insurance. To find out more, contact your dental insurance provider.
Implants are actually incredibly common. As many as 10% of all U.S. dentists place implants and 3 million people have them, though that number is growing by 500,000 a year.
Nearly all (99.7%) of American adults believe that a healthy smile is socially important, which is why more and more people are choosing dental implants and other forms of cosmetic dentistry for their dental health solutions.