|Dental Implant FAQ
Millions of people experience tooth loss due to injury, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. For a long time, the only treatment options for individuals with missing teeth were bridges and dentures. However, today patients also have the option of dental implants. If you are considering getting dental implants, you likely have many questions and concerns. At Aurora Dental Care, we will provide you with all of the information you need about dental implants.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for a Dental Implant?
Generally, if you are in good health, you can be a suitable candidate for a dental implant. When considering dental implant candidacy, your doctor will examine your oral health as well as the quality and quantity of bone to find out if an implant is a suitable treatment option for you.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are typically placed, gently, under local anesthetic. You may experience some swelling and discomfort for several days after the procedure, but that will subside fairly soon afterward. You will be given care directions after the procedure, and you can always reach out to us for advice and reassurance.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
If you lose a single tooth or multiple teeth due to injury, gum disease, or dental decay, dental implants can serve as an effective replacement. Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth and can serve you for a lifetime. Implants can improve your ability to eat all kinds of food, your appearance, and your confidence. With a dental implant, you can go on with your life without having to worry about missing teeth.
Does Dental Implant Placement Hurt?
Dental implant treatment involves a relatively simple procedure that’s done under an anesthetic. Generally, many patients report that the level of pain experienced is lower compared to what one experiences during tooth extraction.
How Long Does Dental Implant Surgery Take?
Dental implant surgery varies depending on the complexity of each case, but typically, it'll take about an hour for your doctor to place an implant. This will depend on the type of extra work that’s required, such as bone grafting.
Why do I Need to Wait for Three to Six Months Before the Implants are Finished?
The implant needs to fuse with the bone first before an abutment and dental crown are placed on it. This waiting period varies based on the bone quality and the overall health of the patient.
What Will Happen if My Bone is Insufficient?
The success of an implant hinges on the quantity and quality of the patient’s jawbone. Your doctor will advise you on the options available to you and the steps you will need to take to make up for the deficiency.
How Much do Dental Implants Cost and Are They Covered by Insurance?
Dental implants may be covered by insurance to a certain extent, but situations vary. Besides, the costs vary based on the bone quantity, the region, and your unique needs. Collin Oxspring, DMD will assess your case based on your needs.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Each case is different, and your success will be based on diagnosis, planning, medical history, and many other factors. But, with diligent home care and regular dental checkups and cleanings, your dental implants can serve you for a lifetime.
Call us at Aurora Dental Care at 907-376-8400 for dental implants that will improve your life.