Dental implants are like sports cars: either you know someone who has one or you have one (or a few) yourself.
They’ve become extremely popular over the years and you likely have more questions than ever before. So you turn to the internet to have your most burning questions answered, but you leave with even more questions. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and give up your search for information, but then you wouldn’t have everything you need to make an informed decision.
Let us help you determine if dental implants are the right choice for you.
Do dental implants hurt?
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘implant’?
The word probably doesn’t bring many pleasant images to mind, especially when the word ‘surgery’ is involved. In fact, you probably immediately thought of pain. Perhaps thinking of dental implants as root replacements would reduce the stigma surrounding the procedure since that’s what happens: a missing root in your jaw is replaced.
If the idea of the procedure hurting is holding you back, you’ll be pleased to know that there is no pain at all once surgery begins. Once you’ve been sedated with the help of an IV, the root replacement area is numbed so that you won’t feel a thing.
The majority of root replacements are placed by specialists like specially trained periodontists and oral surgeons, but they can also be placed by a properly-trained general dentist if the procedure is straightforward. It’s an incredibly patient-friendly procedure when it is done correctly. One minute you’re sitting in a dental chair and by the time you open your eyes again the procedure is finished and you’re ready to go home.
Most patients who have had implants reported virtually no post-op pain. Modern technology gives the procedure a 95% success rate. With that being said, it’s important to remember that everyone is different and there can be some complications as with any surgery.
Why should I get dental implants?
If you want a tooth replacement that looks natural, dental implants are the best option for you.
When done correctly, there is almost no way to tell it apart from a real tooth when you’re speaking, chewing, and smiling. Nothing moves or is removed, and food does not get stuck between and under it like it does on a bridge. An important piece of information to keep in mind is that when an implant is placed, the bone stays in that area. Without an implant to replace the missing tooth, the bone begins to immediately melt away.
How many appointments does it take?
Just like a normal root, a replacement needs a good bone to anchor itself in.
During your first visit, you will undergo a comprehensive exam to x-ray the bone and get a detailed medical history. After that, the surgeon will decide the best course of action. If you don’t have enough bone for the replacement to anchor to, there are additional procedures that can be done. The more that needs to be done, the more appointments it will take, but in many cases the implant can be placed in one visit.
What happens next?
All teeth have two major components: the root and the crown.
Implants have three: the root, the abutment, and the crown. The root is in the bone and the abutment connects the crown to the implant. Your dentist will take an impression of the implant and send it off to the dental laboratory for a crown to be made. The best thing about this step is that there is usually no need for shots or drilling.
How much do dental implants cost?
Replacing teeth with implants is expensive.
You have to pay for the implant itself and pay a separate fee for the crown. If you get all 32 teeth replaced, you’d be paying hundreds of thousands of dollars. That is why it’s so important to take excellent care of your teeth because they are extremely valuable.
There are alternative procedures that can replace all of your teeth in your upper and/or lower jaw with only four dental implants per jaw.
How do I get dental implants?
When it comes to root replacements, it’s imperative that your dentist and specialist work together through every step of this process. In order for you to make the most of it, you have to have clear expectations of every procedure and you should feel comfortable and confident in both the dentist and the specialist.
When you work with Dr. Andrea Stevens and her team, you can take advantage of their working relationship with surgeons and periodontists to get the best care possible.