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Dental Implant FAQ


Diagram of dental implant with postAn implant is a prosthesis designed to replace missing teeth. The process involves inserting a tiny titanium fixture within the jawbone, which can then support a denture, crown, or bridge. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone, the dentist attaches an abutment to the implant. Afterward, an artificial tooth (or multiple teeth) is affixed to the abutment. Thus, the three components of an implant tooth are; the abutment, the dental implant itself, and the artificial tooth or crown. If you're thinking about getting dental implants, you may have many questions about these tooth restorations. Our dentist at Sola Smile Co. can answer all of your dental implants questions.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?


Determining your suitability for dental implants involves a comprehensive oral health assessment. You must have enough quantity and quality of bone available for implant placement. If you have good overall health, you may be a suitable candidate for dental implants. Radiographs or x-rays of the area are often taken to determine the amount of bone available for implant placement.

Is it Painful to Have an Implant Fitted?


The dental implant procedure is not painful since dentists use local anesthesia to numb the mouth to control pain. However, after the anesthesia wears off, you may feel discomfort for a few days. Bruising and swelling may also occur, which typically subsides within a week. Don't worry, as this is a normal part of the healing process. You may need to take some painkillers to alleviate the pain. If the pain is persistent, make sure you inform your dentist for advice. If you feel nervous about the procedure, you can let your dentist know, and they may offer dental sedation to help you relax.

How Long Does the Surgery Take?


The duration of the dental implant procedure depends on the case's complexity. Generally, a single implant can be placed in approximately an hour. This may vary based on additional work required, such as bone grafting or gum work.

What is the Success Rate Of Dental Implants?


Success rates of dental implants can vary depending on an individual's health and habits. However, success rates are typically reported to be above 90 to 95 percent for a healthy individual with good oral hygiene.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?


Dental implants do not suffer from decay like natural teeth. However, the state of the gums is crucial for maintaining long-term success. Patients must maintain good oral hygiene at home and attend regular professional cleanings and check-ups to ensure the sustainability of their dental implants. Each patient is unique, and success depends on the diagnosis, planning, medical history, and other variables. If you maintain them well, dental implants can last for more than 15 years, with some lasting for a lifetime.

What Maintenance Do Dental Implants Require?


Maintaining dental implants is relatively easy and doesn't require extensive care. Unlike dentures, which involve special cleaning routines and care, dental implants only need regular brushing, flossing, and professional check-ups. Practicing essential oral hygiene habits, avoiding smoking, and proactively addressing concerns with your dentist can help prevent dental implant issues.
Our dentist at Sola Smile Co. will help you with how to take care of your dental implants. Call us today at 512-615-9405 to book an appointment.
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