If you recently heard the news that some of your teeth are going to be extracted or perhaps you are exploring different restorative dentistry options to replace missing teeth, dental implants are an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth. At Sana Dental, our Edmonton dentists have a variety of restorative options for replacing teeth like dentures, dental crowns and of course, dental implants. Dental implants are the only option out there that will give you a lifelike restoration. Find out any of your dental implants FAQs answered in our answers below. Feel free to give our dental office a call if you have any additional questions.
Will Dental Implants Hurt?
This is one of the most common dental implants FAQs our patients ask us. Most dental procedures involve some amount of discomfort, but receiving dental implants is not painful. It should not cause you more pain than a simple extraction. The procedure will include the use of novocaine as well as any sedation dentistry you require. Our dentist will check with you throughout the procedure to ensure you are not in any pain during it. Our staff and doctors are trained to keep you comfortable during the procedure. If you notice any discomfort, please let us know.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The length of your procedure will take many factors into consideration. For example, if you need to have a bone graft to make you a candidate for dental implants, this will take 3 to 6 months to complete and for you to heal. As far as the procedure for dental implants goes, the procedure can be completed in as little as an hour. This is how long it takes for an implant to be placed. For complete healing of your jaw, this will take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. During this time, you will be set up with a temporary restoration until your jaw completely heals. Once it’s healed, we will take impressions to make you your permanent dental crown or bridge.
Are Dental Implants Just As Strong as Natural Teeth?
This answer may surprise you, but dental implants are actually stronger than natural teeth. Not only do they provide full functionality, but they cannot be damaged by decay or sugar like natural teeth. As long as you don’t develop gum disease, serious infections and protect your crown or bridge from physical damage, you can expect your dental implants to last you for the rest of your life.
Are They Any Benefits of Dental Implants?
There are several benefits of dental implants, some of them including:
- Restored ability to chew food
- Improved smile
- Increased confidence
- Bone loss prevention
- Fixed dental restorations
What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?
Dental implants have been around in the dental world since about the 1950s. This has given dentists many years of technology advancement and material advancement to perfect the art of dental implants. The current success rate of dental implants is 93% or better. Usually, patients who have dental implants that fail do so because they didn’t take proper care of them.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
There are many factors to consider when determining if dental implants are right for you. First of all, you must have a missing tooth that needs to be replaced. Next, our dentists will evaluate your mouth to see if you are free of disease and also have enough bone mass in your jaw to take a dental implant. The bone mass is what holds the implant in place. If you lost your teeth a long time ago, it’s possible that the bone mass has left. But don’t worry, bone grafting is an option when this is the case.
We must also find out of the patient has any chronic diseases that may interfere with dental implants. Patients who are also heavy smokers or drinkers may not be suitable candidates for dental implants because the substances will interfere with healing and will cause the implants to fail. We have a complete list of factors we need to consider before determining if dental implants are the right solution for you.
Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?
You might be surprised to learn that there are no age restrictions when it comes to dental implants. As long as you have sufficient bone mass and meet the other requirements of being a candidate, you are able to receive dental implants!
Will My Insurance Pay for Dental Implants?
Although most dental insurance policies don’t cover dental implants, it’s always best to give them a call to find out for yourself because every plan varies. If any cases, they may help pay for the dental crowns, bridges or dentures that you are attaching to the dental implants. Always be sure to call your provider before writing this off. Always remember that we have lots of payment options available for our patients to help them receive the treatments they want and need on their own budget.
Will I Be Without Teeth?
A lot of Edmonton patients are concerned that they will be without teeth for a period of time. We can assure you that this is not the case. Before the dental implants procedure, we will have taken impressions for temporary restorations to be made. Once your procedure is over, your dentist will place the temporary restorations on your teeth for you to wear while you heal. You will be able to chew and smile without hesitation. Your permanent restorations are then placed after you are completely healed.
Schedule an Appointment for Dental Implants in Edmonton Today
Now that we have answered all of our dental implants FAQs, you might be ready to pick up the phone to schedule your consultation for dental implants. You can reach our Edmonton dental office by giving us a call or by filling out our online contact form. Our dentist will be happy to answer any more questions you may have about dental implants or other dental questions. We look forward to helping you!