Dental Implant FAQ
Do you have any questions about the dental implant procedure? You are not alone. A lot of patients are interested in how dental implants can replace their missing teeth and enhance their oral health. Take a look at our frequently asked questions so that you can feel prepared for your procedure. If you can’t find the answer that you are looking for, then call Dr. Brian K Rounds to schedule an in-depth consultation.
What Are Dental Implants?
It is a prosthetic tooth root made of titanium materials, used to anchor a crown. An implant bonds with your jawbone to create a stable foundation for a prosthetic tooth. Your dentist can recommend an implant if you have recently lost a tooth. Implants help to minimize bone loss and can be implanted to replace the loss of several teeth. An abutment on top of the implant screw connects with the crown securely so that you can restore your beautiful smile and oral function. Dental implant restorations can last for decades or a lifetime with proper oral hygiene care.
Do Dental Implants Hurt?
With whatever anesthetic choice you select, be guaranteed that you will be comfortable during an implant procedure. You will be numbed with local anesthesia to ensure that you will not feel pain during the dental implant restoration procedure. You may feel pressure at times, but that should not cause any discomfort. After surgery, you will be relieved to know that many patients experience very little discomfort which can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medications.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
Generally, dental implants can be placed in one to two hours but the healing time takes about three to six months. During this time, the implant will heal around and merge with the surrounding bone tissue. Everyone heals differently, which is why Dr. Brian K. Rounds and our team will monitor your progress.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Unlike other teeth replacement options available, dental implants are stable since they are embedded in your jawbone. A lot of patients appreciate that they can eat their favorite foods after a dental Implant restoration. Your jawbone requires constant pressure from tooth roots for it to stay healthy. Otherwise, your body will sense that there are no teeth and start reabsorbing minerals in your jaw. The jawbone will deteriorate until you experience facial collapse which makes you look older than your real age. Luckily, dental implants act like natural tooth roots and they will prevent your jawbone from deteriorating.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Studies have shown that well-cared for and properly placed dental implants can last for a lifetime. While the titanium screw is durable, the connection to the jaw one can weaken if you do not take care of your teeth. It is recommended to do regular dental maintenance (mouth rinses, flossing, and brushing) to preserve the function and appearance of your implant for a long time.
If you want to find out more about the dental implant procedure, contact Dr. Brian K Rounds today to schedule your consultation. Please contact us for an appointment.