Dental Implants FAQ
Many of the patients who visit our office in Folsom, CA, ask us about dental implants, which are the foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. They often have questions about the procedure and the results, some of which we’ve answered below.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone in good health with a missing tooth or teeth is a candidate for a tooth implant or implants. Tooth loss is common for various reasons, and implants are a permanent solution. Some reasons people consider dental implants include:
- To replace decaying or broken teeth
- To replace missing teeth
- To stabilize bridgework
How Safe are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are one of the most dependable, stable, and safe ways to replace missing or damaged teeth. They have been used for decades, and Dr. Jensen has performed implant surgery for nearly 25 years. Over the years, implant technology has continued to evolve. Precision implants, sophisticated surgical tools, and years of hands-on experience ensure that every patient is in good hands.
Will Getting a Tooth Implant Hurt?
Although there will be some discomfort after your dental implant is in place, this typically doesn’t last long. Dr. Jensen uses a gentle touch and performs implants in a relaxing, clean environment. Before the procedure, you received an anesthetic so that you won’t feel any pain. After the anesthesia wears off, the pain can usually be controlled with over-the-counter medication. Within just a few days, any discomfort will be gone.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Dental Implant?
The time it takes to put in a tooth implant varies depending on the jawbone’s condition, your overall health, and the type of implant. Which teeth are being replaced and how many will also have an impact, but it typically takes between one-half hour and 90 minutes to implant the base in the jawbone.
The jawbone needs several weeks to heal before permanent crowns are put in place. During this time, temporary caps or crowns may be put over the implants for a natural look while waiting for your permanent crowns. From the first appointment to the final crowns, it can take anywhere from three to eight months. If you need bone grafts before implantation, it may take a bit longer.
How Soon After Losing a Tooth Can You Get a Dental Implant?
Most people who lose a tooth will need to give the area time to heal before getting a tooth implant. The bone needs time to recover from the trauma and form new bone that can hold the implant in the jaw. For most people, three to six months is required for optimal results.
Are Dental Implants Removable?
No. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone, where they fuse to the bone over time. They are beneath the surface of the gums and hold your replacement teeth or crowns permanently in place.
Do Dental Implants Require Special Care?
Once healed, you can treat your tooth implant just like your natural teeth. Brush twice daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush using a low-abrasive toothpaste. Floss with unwaxed floss designed for implants and, if possible, use a Waterpik to keep the gum line clean and free of debris. Routine dental checkups and cleaning are also important.
What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?
The tooth implant procedure is popular because it is closest to the look and feel of natural teeth and because dental implants have a high success rate. Over 95% of all implant procedures are successful, giving you a beautiful, functional smile that lasts for decades.