If you’re missing a tooth – or multiple teeth – your dentist may recommend placing a dental implant. Your first instinct may be to start firing questions about cost, procedure, and what to expect overall. While your dentist is always happy to answer your questions and concerns, many times patients forget these questions until later on. So, if you have questions about dental implants, you’ve come to the right place! From placing an implant to caring for it afterwards – it’s all right here. If you still have questions after reading this blog, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist, Dr. Hofkes.
When Do You Need An Implant?
Your dentist may recommend an implant when you’ve lost a tooth (or multiple teeth), whether it be to injury or infection. When you lose teeth, your jawbone suffers – deteriorating with time because there isn’t any tooth root to continue maintaining its growth. In order to keep your jawbone from deteriorating, you’ll need a dental implant.
Is The Procedure Painful?
During the actual procedure itself, you’ll be under anesthesia so you probably won’t feel a thing. To help you manage any discomfort following the procedure, your dentist may recommend taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or something stronger (depending on the individual situation).
Is There An Age Limit For Dental Implants?
You can never be ‘too old’ to get a dental implant – although you can be too young. Since dental implants rely heavily on your jawbone, if you’re too young, your jawbone may not be done growing.
How Long Does The Process Take?
Overall, the entire process takes anywhere from 6 to 8 months. Once the dental implant has been placed, it goes through a process (known as osseointegration) to fuse with your jawbone. Afterwards, your dentist will place a dental crown on top of the implant to create a seamless smile.