Are you in the process of learning about dental implants? The following are the most common questions people have when investigating dental implants. This should help you determine if implants might be right for you.
Learning about Single and Full-Arch Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Typically made of titanium or zirconia, dental implants are designed to replace the root structure of missing teeth, providing support and stability for replacement teeth. They are the longest-lasting solution available.
What does "All-on-4" mean?
All-on-4® is a trademarked treatment procedure that essentially involves replacing all missing teeth in one jaw by using only 4 implants. This procedure is especially beneficial in patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back areas of the mouth.
Will insurance cover the cost of implants?
Generally, dental implants are not covered by dental insurance. However, policies do vary and most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
Although discomfort varies from person to person, most patients say it was much less discomfort than they thought it would be. During the surgical procedure, you will be given an anesthetic to feel little or no pain. When placing the implants, the doctor uses gentle techniques, and because the doctor is working in a clean environment, there is little chance for infection. If you follow all postoperative instructions and take the required antibiotics, there is minimal discomfort. All patients are given pain medications, but many don't use them.
Will I be awake during the dental implant procedure?
You’ll be comforted to know that placing an implant is more manageable than taking a tooth out. Usually, a local anesthetic is used, which means you are awake during the surgery. But suppose you’re very nervous about the surgery. In that case, you have sedative options to make you more comfortable during the operation, including IV sedation, which can put you in varying stages of consciousness. This option is also known as general anesthesia and will put you into a deep sleep until it wears off.
Will there be pain after the dental implant surgery?
Immediately after the surgery and for a few days, you will likely experience some discomfort. After all, this is a major dental procedure. However, any pain should be manageable. Discomfort may be felt in the chin, cheeks, or underneath the eyes. You may also experience bruising of the skin and gums, pain at the implant site, and minor bleeding. Painkillers, such as Ibuprofen, will be recommended.
How long does it take to complete the entire process?
You will typically spend up to 3 days with us, in our office. But the actual procedure is completed within a 24-hour period.
Do I really get teeth on the day of surgery?
You get your beautiful, functioning, full arch temporary healing prosthesis. This one is a different material than the final one to allow any adjustments and specifications to be made before your final milling.
How do I care for my new teeth?
Initially, you will only use a medicated mouth rinse prescribed by the doctor. Once your mouth is healed, you will use a Waterpik to clean around the implants and under the secured denture. You will also schedule regular follow-up visits with your dentist for cleanings.
How long will dental implants last?
Implants can last many years if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 40 years.
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implants?
Anyone healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is likely a suitable candidate for dental implants. However, certain conditions may complicate or prohibit implant treatment. Patients with certain complications, such as chronic diseases, heavy smoking, or alcohol abuse, may not be candidates for implants. Your doctor will determine whether or not this treatment is right for you after a complete physical exam and evaluation of your medical history.