Are you thinking about dental implants to replace your missing teeth? If so, you likely have several questions, but where should you start? Our dentists at Hanin Dental Surrey share some of the most popular questions we've gotten from patients.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is made from an artificial titanium screw and restoration (denture, bridge or replacement tooth) that are designed to replace a missing tooth. It looks and feels just like a normal tooth.
How can my oral health benefit from a dental implant?
when it comes to preserving our oral health, one of our highest priorities is to replace any missing teeth. This is because missing teeth can have a profound effect on our oral and overall health as surrounding teeth begin to shift out of place, leading to more serious dental issues. With effective, long-lasting implants, we can:
- Improve or restore facial tissues
- Keep surrounding teeth from shifting
- Help you speak and eat more easily
In addition to improved function and appearance, you'll also feel more comfortable with a dental implant. While an implant may go a long way to helping you regain confidence in your smile, you won't be limited to what you can eat after you've recovered from the procedure.
Are dental implants safe?
Fortunately, dental implant procedures are one of the safest dental surgeries you can have. It is also the only restoration treatment that encourages natural bone growth beneath a missing tooth.
What is the process to have a dental implant placed? Does it hurt?
It will take a few visits over several months to have your dental implant placed by a dentist or periodontist.
At your first appointment, molds (impressions) and X-rays of the teeth and jaw will be taken to determine how much bone, gum tissue and spacing are available for the dental implant.
The area will typically be numbed with local anesthesia while your implant is being surgically placed into the bone. With every dental treatment, our goal is to have patients endure little to no discomfort. After this step, the area will need time to heal and integrate with the bone, which can take up to 6 months.
Depending on the type of implant, a second surgery might be required to place the "post" that holds the artificial tooth in place.
Several weeks later, artificial teeth will be custom-made for your mouth. You may need several fittings, so this step can take up to 2 months to complete. Following another healing period, your dentist will securely attach the artificial teeth to your implant, giving you excellent stability and comfort.
How long will my dental implant take to heal?
The answer to this question will depend on your individual circumstances, including whether you need to have special procedures before the dental implant surgery or whether you have pre-existing conditions. A dental implant can take between 2 and 9 months to heal.
The bone surrounding your implant will need time to heal so the implant will rest securely in its place.
How much does a dental implant cost?
Many factors contribute to the cost of a dental implant, such as whether all or part of the procedure and implant are covered.
While some medical insurance plans will cover a portion or all of the cost, others will not cover any of it. Your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan, including a cost estimate and outline of appointment schedules and checkups for follow-up. Also ask about the type of implant that will be used and why it is the best choice for your needs.
How long do dental implants last?
If cared for properly, dental implants can last decades. All types of dental implants continue to improve. The first cylindrical-type implants were placed 30 years ago and are still perfectly functioning. There is no time limit on life expectancy for successful cylindrical implant systems.
Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants
There's a lot of information to learn about dental implants, and you may have many more questions regarding your specific circumstances. Our dentists in Surrey always welcome you to come to us with any questions or concerns you may have about dental implants or upcoming procedures.