Dental Implants FAQ
Frequently Asked Dental Implant Questions Lowell IN
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
A temporary tooth can be made prior to implant placement in the anterior (front) area. We determine and discuss the level of your need during the consultation appointment. Multiple options of temporary solutions, while you are healing, are available. The pros and cons are explained in detail to determine your need prior to any treatment.
Do dental implants hurt?
Not usually. The best way to describe the pain after implant placement is “soreness”, and our patients can typically control discomfort with most over the counter pain medications.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes, most of the time, but nothing will feel 100% like natural teeth. An implant can make this sensation as close as possible. Implants are the best option in dentistry when it comes to functioning and feeling like natural teeth.
Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?
Not for the placement of one or two dental implants. However, when the treatment is more involved than simple implant placement, such as teeth extractions, multiple implants, or bone grafting, downtime might be needed.
What are single-stage implants?
A single-stage implant is when an implant is placed with a healing cover and followed by healing time and integration, which can take anywhere between 8-16 weeks. Next, we make an impression and fabrication of the crown. A second surgery is not needed to uncover or remove the gum tissue overlying the implant. We assess the healing by taking an x-ray, clinical exam, and ISQ (Implant Stability Quotient) measurement which uses radiofrequency to measure bone integration.
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
Dental implants might be the best option for patients who are missing multiple teeth, wearing dentures or partial dentures, because implants can give patients excellent options to improve esthetics, function, and oral health. It’s really a life-changing experience.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
Implants are very predictable, and problems in implant surgery are not generally common. Implant placement can carry multiple risks just like any surgical treatment done on the body. Most of the time the risks and possible complications are treated and handled when they occur.
The risks and possible complications are thoroughly discussed prior to any treatment and during the informed consent process prior to any surgery.
How long do dental implants last?
Years ago, it was thought that dental implants lasted “a lifetime”. However, now we know more about dental implants than ever before, and the consensus is that dental implants last probably more than any other dental option to replace missing teeth, and they are more successful in certain situations than other dental treatments. Evaluation of your risk in your specific situation can be determined and discussed prior to any treatment.
Except for caries (decay) or the need for root canals, implants typically carry the same risk as your own teeth.
When will I have my permanent teeth?
For single teeth, 3-4 months. For treatment involving the replacement of all teeth, the time parameter changes with likely possibility of walking out of the office with temporary teeth on the same day of surgery.
How do I care for my implants?
You care for implants just like your own teeth. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental maintenance are needed. Lack of excellent oral hygiene can compromise the outcome and jeopardize the longevity of the implants. Just remember anything that can cause damage to natural teeth can cause damage to the implants.