Dental Implant FAQ

Tooth loss is a serious issue that affects every part of your life. When you lose your teeth, your smile and your confidence suffer. Biting and chewing become more challenging, which greatly impacts your digestion. Your speech can also be altered. Tooth loss even affects the health and shape of your jawbone, leading to bone loss. Replacing missing teeth is essential for restoring your smile, the functions of your mouth, and your overall quality of life. At Essen Dentistry, we can replace your missing teeth with dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a treatment used to replace missing teeth. With this treatment, small titanium posts are surgically placed into your jawbone. Your bone then fuses to the posts in a process called osseointegration. This process stabilizes the posts within your jaw, allowing them to support your replacement teeth and hold them securely in place.

How Long Does Treatment Take?

The length of dental implant treatment varies from patient to patient and is dependent upon many different factors. The actual surgery generally only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Recovery after surgery, on the other hand, can take several weeks to several months to complete. Factors that affect your treatment time include how many implant posts are being placed, if you need a bone graft first if you smoke or drink during recovery, and other factors. During your initial consultation, we can provide you with estimated treatment time.

Do Implants Hurt?

To place dental implants, a surgical process is required. Surgery is performed under a local anesthetic, which ensures that you do not feel any pain while your implants are placed. Sedation is also provided. With sedation, you can remain completely relaxed and comfortable. After surgery, some pain and swelling are to be expected. Pain can usually be managed with over the counter pain relievers and will fade over time.

How Long Do Implants Last?

Implants are made to be a long-term solution for tooth loss and can be permanent with proper care. The implant posts placed in your jaw restore stimulation to the bone, which helps to stop and prevent bone loss, keeping your jawbone strong and healthy. These posts are integrated into your jawbone in a process called osseointegration. They become replacement roots that are permanently affixed in your jawbone. While the crowns may wear down or break, these can easily be replaced without the need to remove the posts from your jaw.

What is the Cost of Implants?

The total cost of implants depends on several factors. These include how many implant posts are required, if you need to undergo a bone graft before implant placement, the total number of appointments you need, and more. More and more dental insurance companies are providing coverage for dental implants, which can help to reduce your overall out-of-pocket costs. Check with your insurance provider to find out more.

Am I a Candidate?

Before you can undergo implant surgery, it is important that we first determine your candidacy. During your initial consultation, we go over your medical history, your lifestyle habits, and examine your mouth. Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, need to be under control to undergo surgery. We will recommend that you quit smoking and drinking, as these habits can affect recovery time and increase your risk for infections and other complications. During your consultation, we will also be able to determine if you will need a bone graft to receive dental implants.

If you have any further questions about dental implants or want to find out if dental implants are the right solution for you, call Essen Dentistry today at (772) 210-7610.

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