Frequently Asked Questions About Dental implant Surgery

Do you know that millions of Americans lose their permanent teeth every year? Tooth loss is not uncommon in adults. Every day Americans lose their teeth as a result of tooth decay and/or severe gum disease. Luckily, even if these people can no longer grow teeth to replace those that have been lost, Modern Family Dentists can help restore their smile through dental implant surgery. Dental implants are popular because they mimic the look and function of natural teeth. Let’s find out more.

What Are Dental Implants?

If you are looking for a tooth replacement option that looks like natural teeth your best option is to go for dental implants. Dental implants are made of three components; a biocompatible titanium post that is shaped to look like a metal screw, an abutment and a dental crown. When all these components come together it will mimic the anatomy of a natural tooth. The screws are designed to replace natural tooth roots and they offer stability and support for your dental crowns.

Does The Surgery Hurt?

The surgery itself is pain-free because your cosmetic dentist will administer a local anesthesia to numb the area before the start of the procedure. There are patients who wish to be unconscious during the procedure because of dental anxiety. These patients can request for a general anesthesia. However, they must be screened to ensure that they qualify for it. Majority of those who have had dental implant surgery say that they experienced no discomfort while the dental implant was being placed.

How Long Does It Take?

Once the dental implants are in place it will take several months before the final crowns are affixed. Not to worry because temporary dental crowns will be attached while you wait for your gums to heal and for the implants to successfully fuse with your jawbone. Generally, a dental implant procedure will last between three months for implants embedded in the lower jaw and six months for the upper jaw. Nevertheless, cosmetic dentists say this is not the same for everyone. There are people who heal fast while there are those whose healing is a bit slow.

How Do You Care For Your Dental Implants?

Caring for your dental implants is the same as caring for your natural teeth. Even though dental implants do not decay, the gums that surround it can get inflamed and infected if you don’t brush and floss regularly. Therefore, part of the success of dental implant surgery is to ensure that you stick to an oral care routine by brushing your teeth daily at least twice a day for two minutes and flossing every day to remove food particles that can get stuck in between your teeth. Despite it’s high success rate of 95%-98%, dental implants can still fail.

Do You Still Need To See Your Cosmetic Dentist Regularly?

Just because your smile is complete doesn’t mean you no longer have to see your dentist. According to the American Dental Association, everyone is encouraged to see his or her dentist at least once every six months for a dental checkup and a professional teeth-cleaning treatment and yes, that includes people with dental implants.

How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

The good news is that dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. A major advantage compared to other tooth replacement options that need to be changed every 5 to 8 years. However, for dental implants to last a long time you need to care for them properly.

Do You Qualify For The Procedure?

Before the surgery, your cosmetic dentist will evaluate the condition of your gums and your jawbone. Besides these, your cosmetic dentist will also ask you a series of questions to check if you are able to commit to an oral care routine, if you are smoker or a drinker and if you have pre-existing health conditions. Your answers to these questions will help your cosmetic dentist decide if dental implant surgery is your best option.

If you have more questions about dental implant surgery that aren’t’ addressed here you can give your cosmetic dentist a call and ask him or her directly.

Dr. Michaelangelo Aust is the founder of Modern Family Dentists in Kenosha, WI, a full service dental practice offering general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry.