Dental Implants FAQ
Dental implants can be a great solution for missing or damaged teeth. Although there are many options for when you chip, break, or lose a tooth, implants are considered the highest standard in care for replacing missing teeth.
We have performed many dental implants here in Idaho Falls, and have received many great questions about the process. Below is a list of commonly asked questions regarding implants to help you decide if they are right for you.
When Would I Need an Implant?
Implants can be used to replace one or several teeth, or even all of a patient’s teeth. Implants are often used to restore function, for aesthetic reasons, or both. There are many factors that can affect whether implants are your best option when it comes to tooth replacement and repair.
The preference of the patient, the health of the patient, the cost, the location of the missing teeth or tooth, and the quality and amount of jawbone available where the implant would be placed can all impact if an implant is the right call.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are a more permanent solution to missing or broken teeth. A dental implant is a surgical fixture that is placed onto the jawbone where it acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth.
The implant holds the replacement tooth or bridge in place and eventually fuses to the jawbone, giving you a replacement that is the closest mimicry of real teeth. An implant stands on its own without affecting the adjacent teeth and possesses great stability.
Dental implants have an improved natural appearance over dentures. They also may improve speech as well as comfort over dentures, allow for easier eating, and can improve oral health as it doesn’t require reducing or affecting any adjacent teeth. This is why dental implants are considered a natural alternative to dentures.
How Long Do They Last?
If you take good care of your dental implants, most can last a lifetime. Implants are the most durable option when it comes to teeth repair and replacement.
What are Dental Implants Made From?
The implant itself is usually made for titanium, which bonds with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. The replacement tooth or teeth is made from bone-like cermaic materials that are compatible with body tissue.
Is the Process Painful?
The surgery for dental implants is performed with local anesthetic, meaning no pain should be felt during the procedure itself. After the dental implant surgery, discomfort varies with each individual case, although most patients report discomfort similar to a tooth extraction. Residual pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol.
Dental implants are a great solution and option for tooth repair and replacement. Their permanence, durability, and close replication of real teeth help create and restore smiles to their best and brightest. Dr. Anderson has years of experience here in Idaho Falls and is proud to serve the dental health needs in the region for the last 25 years. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today to find out how we can help you get dental implants.