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Dental Implant FAQ

3D rendering of a dental implant and its components being placed into the jawIf you want to replace your lost teeth, you are probably considering dental implants as an option. This is one of the most efficient ways to teeth replacement. Our dentist at Gresham Dental Excellence is qualified and well-experienced in dental surgery.

Considering that dental implant placement involves a surgical process, you are probably wondering what the experience will be like. Some of the most asked questions that our dentist gets from patients include:

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a way of restoring lost teeth. Titanium implants are inserted surgically into the jawbone to take the position of natural teeth roots. The implant, which looks like a screw, is embedded into the jawbone and left to heal. During healing, the implant will amalgamate with the bone to imitate a natural tooth. After the complete healing of the operated area, a crown will be placed on the implant to act like a new tooth.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Most people qualify for a dental implant procedure. However, a medical exam is mandatory. Your medical history will be assessed and the condition of your gums and jawbone will also be analyzed. The jawbone condition is very important in this operation. It has to be stable enough to hold the implants in place. Where the bone has degenerated due to tooth loss, grafting will be done to strengthen it and increase its mass.

Is the Process of Having Implants Painful?

Anesthesia is used to numb the gum and jawbone making the process painless. After the process, the numbing effect of the anesthesia will wear off. At this time, you may feel a little pain and discomfort. This can be taken care of with painkillers. If the pain persists, consult our dentist.

How Long Do Implants Take to Heal?

The time taken to heal will depend on the individual and the entire process. Your body's reaction to the implants will determine the healing time. If your jawbone needs grafting, the healing time will be extended. The grafting will need time to be firm on the jawbone. Normal healing may take three to six months or longer after the implant is inserted.

How Should You Care for Your Dental Implants?

Dental implants are fabricated to replace the whole structure of the teeth from the roots to the crown of the teeth. This makes them just like natural teeth. You should give dental implants proper care like your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily, and have dental checkups on a regular basis.

How Long will Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants can last 20 to 30 years. The care you give to implants will determine their lifespan. If they are not looked after properly, dental implants may last a shorter time. Gresham Dental Excellence has the right oral surgeon for your implants. Call to book an appointment.
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