Are dental implants on your radar as a way to replace missing teeth? If this is the case, you may have numerous questions, but where should you begin? Our Guildford dentists have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from patients.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement device that consists of an artificial titanium screw and a restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). It has the appearance and feel of a normal tooth.
How will a dental implant benefit my oral health?
Replacing missing teeth is one of our top priorities when it comes to oral health. Non-replacement of missing teeth can cause misalignment of surrounding teeth and other dental issues. We can:
- Improve or restore facial tissues
- Help you speak and eat more easily
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
A dental implant can improve your appearance and function while also making you feel more at ease. After you recover from the procedure, an implant can help you regain confidence in your smile and enjoy your favourite foods once more.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant procedures are the only restorative procedures that stimulate natural bone growth in the space beneath a missing tooth. They are one of the safest dental procedures.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants, when properly cared for, can last decades. Dental implants of all types continue to improve. At the moment, there is no time limit on the expected lifespan of cylindrical dental implant systems.
Does it hurt to have a dental implant placed? What is the process?
A dentist or periodontist can place the implants in a few visits over several months.
We take impressions and X-rays of your jaw and teeth to determine how much gum tissue, bone, and spacing is available for the dental implant.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone after an anesthetic is applied. Every dental procedure is designed to cause our patients as little pain as possible. This area will take 6 months to heal and integrate with the bone.
A second surgery may be needed to place the "post" that will hold the artificial tooth in place, depending on the type of implant used.
After a few weeks, your new teeth will be built to fit your mouth. This step can take up to 2 months due to multiple fittings. After another recovery period, the dentist will securely attach the artificial teeth to the implant, giving you excellent stability and comfort.
How long will my dental implant take to heal?
Your personal circumstances play a role in your recovery. Your procedure may take a little longer if you have any pre-existing conditions or require special procedures prior to your dental implant surgery. It can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months for a dental implant to heal. For your implant to rest securely in place, the bone around it will need to heal.
How much does a dental implant cost?
Many factors will influence the cost of your dental implants, such as whether your insurance will cover all or part of the surgery and implant. Some health insurance policies will not cover any portion of the cost of a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a treatment plan, which will include an outline of appointment schedules and follow-up checkups as well as a cost estimate. Inquire about the type of implant to be used and why it is the best option for your circumstances.
Are you curious about dental implants and how they can benefit you? Contact Guildford Dental today to book a consultation to receive personalized advice.