Dental Implant FAQ
The Top Five Questions Our Patients Have About Dental Implants
Dental implants can be highly beneficial to many people, but there are tons of misconceptions about them, and they’re not very well understood by the general population.
These five questions, that we encounter daily at our office, can help you better understand dental implants and guide your decision on getting this procedure.
1 – What is a dental implant?
That is a very good question! A dental implant is a permanent replacement for a missing tooth in your mouth. Unlike dentures, a bridge, or a partial, a dental implant is fused directly into your bone to give you a lasting solution to your missing tooth. It’s made up of a titanium post (which attaches your bone), an abutment (which attaches to your post as well as the visible portion of your implant), and a crown (which is the visible part and completely resembles a natural tooth).
2 – How long will my implant last?
Implants have a very high success rate, up to 99 percent successful. If you take good care of your oral hygiene and maintain your implant, you can expect to last you the rest of your life. Dentures, on the other hand, only last up to five to ten years.
3 – Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Almost everyone can get a dental implant! Sometimes there are some people who may need additional help before they can get them done, however. For instance, if you have advanced bone loss, we may have to perform a bone graft to make your implant procedure a success. Some people with chronic conditions may not be good candidates, and it’s best to discuss it with us directly to find out if you can get them done.
4 - Is this procedure safe?
Getting a dental implant is very safe! It is placed under local anesthesia in our office by our very skilled dental team. The risk to you is minimal. You may have some swelling and discomfort after your implant procedure, but we can help you minimize that with pain relievers.
5 – How long does it take to get an implant?
This is a two-stage question. The first answer is that it will take between one to two hours to place the post for the implant during the initial surgery. The second answer is that your mouth will then need to before we can place the crown, and depending on how quickly you heal, it could be another three to six months for your implant to fuse to your bone completely.
If you have any further questions about dental implants, please do not hesitate to ask us! We are more than happy to explain this procedure to you more in-depth in our office. To learn more about implants or to schedule an appointment with us, please give us a call here at Legato Dental Centre at (250) 860-5253 today!