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7 Questions From Our Patients About Dental Implants

If you're considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, you probably have a lot of questions. But where do you begin? Our 100 Mile House dentists have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions by our patients. We believe that client education is critical to providing an overall effective dental experience.

What is a dental implant?

Your dental implant's artificial titanium screw and restoration (replacement tooth, denture, or bridge) are intended to replace a missing tooth. It must appear and feel identical to a natural tooth.

How will my oral health benefit from a dental implant?

If missing teeth are not replaced, the teeth around them may shift out of place, causing more serious dental issues. Dental implants may be able to do the following:

  • Help you eat and speak more easily 
  • Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting 
  • Improve or restore tissues in the face 

You should be able to improve your functionality, appearance, and comfort with dental implants. In addition, once you have recovered from the procedure, you will have greater confidence in your smile and will no longer be limited in your food options.

Are dental implants safe?

Dental implant procedures are usually one of the safest surgeries in dentistry. It is also the only restoration treatment that promotes natural bone growth beneath a missing tooth.

Does it hurt to have a dental implant placed? What is the process?

The dental implant process will usually take a few visits over several months and is performed by a dentist or periodontist. 

During your first appointment, impressions (moulds) and X-Rays of the jaw and teeth will be taken to determine how much gum tissue, bone and spacing are available for a dental implant. 

While your implant is being surgically placed into the bone, the surrounding area will be anesthetized. The area must then heal and integrate with the bone, a process that can take up to six months. Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery may be necessary to insert the "post" that will hold the prosthetic tooth in place.

Artificial teeth will be made to fit your mouth several weeks later. Because several fittings may be required, this step could take up to two months to complete. The dentist will attach the artificial teeth to the implant after another period of healing, providing stability and comfort.

How long will my dental implant take to heal?

Depending on your circumstances, such as whether you have any pre-existing conditions or require special procedures prior to the dental implant surgery, it can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months for a dental implant to heal. For the implant to remain in place, the bone surrounding it must heal.

How much does a dental implant cost?

A number of variables affect the price of your dental implant, including whether or not your insurance will cover the surgery and implant in full or in part. There are health plans that cover the total cost of implants. Your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan that includes a cost estimate, a scheduled appointment, and follow-up appointments. Inquire about the implant type used and the reasons why it's the optimal option for you.

How long do implants last?

Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Dental implants of all kinds are improving. At the moment, there is no time limit on the lifespan of cylindrical dental implant systems.

Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants

There is much to learn about dental implants, and depending on your circumstances, you may have further inquiries. Our 100 Mile House dentists can respond to any questions you may have about dental implants.

Want to learn more about dental implants and how you can benefit from this treatment? Contact Valley Dental today to schedule a consultation and a possible referral.

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