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7 Questions About Dental Implants, Answered

Are you considering dental implants as a way to replace missing teeth? If that's the case, you're likely to have a lot of questions, but where should you start? Our Surdel dentists have put together a list of the most commonly asked questions.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement device made up of a titanium screw and a restoration (crown, bridge, or denture). It looks and feels like a regular tooth.

How will a dental implant benefit my oral health?

Replacing missing teeth is a top priority for oral health. Failure to replace missing teeth can result in misalignment of adjacent teeth and other dental problems. We are capable of:

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

A dental implant can significantly improve your appearance and function while also increasing your sense of well-being. Following recovery from the procedure, an implant can assist you in regaining confidence in your smile and resuming enjoyment of your favourite foods.

Are dental implants safe?

The only restorative procedure that stimulates natural bone growth in the space beneath a missing tooth is dental implant surgery. They are one of the most secure dental procedures available.

How long do implants last?

When properly cared for, dental implants can last for decades. Dental implants of all kinds are getting better. There is no time limit on the expected lifespan of cylindrical dental implant systems at the moment.

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

Implants can be placed in a few visits over several months by a dentist or periodontist.

We take impressions and X-rays of your jaw and teeth to ascertain the amount of available gum tissue, bone, and spacing for the dental implant.

After the anesthetic is administered, dental implants are surgically placed into the bone. Each dental procedure is designed to cause our patients the least amount of discomfort possible. It will take six months for this area to heal and integrate with the bone.

Depending on the type of implant used, a second surgery may be required to place the "post" that will secure the artificial tooth in place.

Your new teeth will be custom-made to fit your mouth after a few weeks. This step can take up to two months due to the number of fittings required. Following another period of recovery, the dentist will secure the artificial teeth to the implant, providing excellent stability and comfort.

How long will my dental implant take to heal?

Your recovery is influenced by your personal circumstances. If you have any pre-existing conditions or require special procedures prior to your dental implant surgery, your procedure may take a little longer. A dental implant can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months to heal. The bone around your implant will need to heal in order for it to stay in place.

How much does a dental implant cost?

Many factors, such as whether your insurance will cover all or part of the surgery and implant, will influence the cost of your dental implants. Some health insurance plans do not cover any portion of the cost of a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that includes a schedule of appointments and follow-up checkups as well as a cost estimate. Inquire about the type of implant that will be used and why it is the best option for your situation.

Are you curious about dental implants and how they can benefit you? Contact Surdel Dental Centre today to book a consultation to receive personalized advice.