If you're considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, you probably have a lot of questions. But where do you even begin? Our dentists in Vancouver have compiled a list of our patients' most frequently asked questions. When it comes to communicating with your dental team, we believe this is a great place to start.
What is a dental implant?
The artificial titanium screw and restoration (replacement tooth, denture or bridge) that make up your dental implant are designed to take the place of a missing tooth. It should look and feel just like a normal tooth.
How will my oral health benefit from a dental implant?
When it comes to maintaining oral health, replacing missing teeth is one of our top priorities. If missing teeth are not replaced, the teeth around them may shift out of place, causing more serious dental issues. We might be able to do the following with effective and long-lasting implants:
- Help you eat and speak more easily
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
- Improve or restore tissues in the face
A dental implant should help you improve your function and appearance while also increasing your comfort. Furthermore, once you've recovered from the procedure, you'll have more confidence in your smile and won't be restricted in what you can eat.
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 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.
The area around your implant will be numbed with an anesthetic while it is surgically placed into the bone. We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible during every dental procedure. The area must then heal and integrate with the bone, which can take up to six months. A second surgery to insert the "post" that will hold the artificial tooth in place may be required, depending on the type of implant.
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?
A dental implant can take anywhere from 2 to 9 months to heal, depending on your circumstances, such as whether you have any pre-existing conditions or require special procedures before the dental implant surgery. The bone that surrounds the implant must heal for it to stay in place.
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of your dental implant is determined by several factors, including whether or not your insurance will cover all or part of the surgery and implant. Some health insurance policies do not cover the cost of an implant in any way. Your dentist can give you a treatment plan that includes a cost estimate as well as a schedule of appointments and follow-up appointments. Inquire about the implant type that will be used and why it is the best option for your needs.
How long do implants last?
If properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants of all kinds are getting better. There is no time limit on the lifespan of cylindrical dental implant systems at the moment.
Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants
There's a lot to learn about dental implants, and you might have more questions depending on your situation. Our Vancouver dentists are always available to answer any questions you may have about dental implants or upcoming procedures.