If you have suffered with tooth loss, it is important to look into whether dental implants are a good fit for your needs. These versatile prosthetics are used to replace the roots of teeth and can hold restorations like crowns and bridges. Dental implants also support other oral structures, including existing teeth and bone.
Following are answers to some common questions about dental implants.
How big is a dental implant?
Dental implants can vary in size. The size of an implant normally depends on whether it will support a single tooth or multiple teeth.
How long can dental implants last?
In some cases, a dental implant can last for the rest of a person’s life. They are incredibly durable. Many patients with dental implants enjoy their prosthetics for decades.
Will my smile look natural?
A smile with dental implants can look very natural. When restorations and prosthetics are made from porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, a person’s replacement teeth are indistinguishable from biological teeth.
Can I eat my favorite foods with dental implants?
Dental implants and the restorations/prosthetics attached to them function very much like natural teeth. This means that you can tear, chew, and bite food with comfort and ease. Patients who have dental implants enjoy eating food without difficulty or discomfort.
Will I be comfortable during my procedure?
Our team takes great care to ensure our guests are comfortable during any oral surgery. Those receiving dental implants will have local anesthetics and prescription medication, if necessary. They will also receive information packets to take home after their procedures. These packets offer tips on how to manage post-operative discomfort after treatment.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a dentist with advanced education, training, and credentialing to perform a variety of treatments including placing dental implants. This level of expertise means that patients enjoy high quality, focused care with predictable results.
If you have questions about whether dental implants are right for you, call our practice to reserve a consultation with our experienced oral surgeons.