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10 Most Common Questions About Dental Implants

March 8, 2022

Are dental implants removable like dentures, or do they stay in your mouth?

Dental implants stay in your mouth indefinitely, because they have actually grown to become part of your jawbone, and as such cannot be removed other than by surgical means.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

They are extremely safe, and in fact, when dental implant procedures are carried out, they are completely successful in 98% of all cases.

Working with a Professional Dentist Ensures Your Safety

There is no pain or discomfort associated with having a dental implant installed. The patient is given a local anesthetic so as to numb any pain which might be felt, and that allows the procedure to be very comfortable for the patient.

How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?

The actual implant process will only take between one and two hours. However, it will take another few months (usually between three and four months) for the implant to meld with the jawbone, so as to form an anchor for the artificial tooth which gets emplaced over it.

What are the benefits of Dental Implants?

In the event of a lost tooth, a dental implant does the best to recreate the use of a tooth. Whether that is to help provide a normal shape to your face, help you to eat and speak normally, or to eat the foods you like. Dental Implants are extremely solid once installed, and they give you confidence because it’s like having your normal teeth to use again. There also will not be any slippage or movement of the artificial tooth in your mouth because it has such a rock-solid foundation.

Do implants feel like real teeth?

Once you get used to them, yes they do feel just like real teeth. You’ll be able to bite down on any foods just like you once could, although you should avoid eating lots of hard foods like nuts. After a while, you won’t be able to tell the difference between your implant teeth and your other teeth.

Who is not a good candidate for dental implants?

Someone who has inadequate jawbone to work with would not be a good candidate for implants. Since the whole procedure relies on being able to insert a titanium post in the jawbone, there must be adequate jawbone available to accept the titanium post.

How Long Do Implants Last?

The implants themselves will generally last a lifetime. However, the artificial tooth placed over it may eventually need replacement, because it gets exposed to daily chewing and biting, and over a period of time, that will cause it to wear down.

How long after extraction can I get an implant?

In most cases, your dentist will recommend allowing several months to pass after a tooth extraction, before proceeding with an implant. However, there have been some cases where considerably less time is necessary for the area to heal before going ahead with the implant.

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