If you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, you may have many questions. But where should you start? Our dentists in Surrey share the top seven questions most of our patients have. We think this is a great start to dialogue with your dental team.
What is a dental implant?
The artificial titanium screw and restoration (replacement tooth, denture or bridge) that make up your dental implant are designed to take the place of a missing tooth. It should look and feel just like a normal tooth.
How will my oral health benefit from a dental implant?
Replacing missing teeth is one of our highest priorities when it comes to preserving oral health. If missing teeth are not replaced, surrounding teeth can start to shift out of place, leading to more serious dental issues. With effective and long-lasting implants, we can:
- Help you eat and speak more easily
- Prevent surrounding teeth from shifting
- Improve or restore tissues in the face
Along with improved function and appearance, you'll also feel more comfortable with a dental implant. Plus, you will regain confidence in your smile, and not be limited in what you can eat after you've recovered from the procedure.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implant procedures are one of the safest surgeries in dentistry. It is also the only restoration treatment that promotes natural bone growth beneath a missing tooth.
Does it hurt to have a dental implant placed? What is the process?
The dental implant process will take a few visits over several months and is performed by a dentist or periodontist.
During your first appointment, impressions (molds) and X-Rays of the jaw and teeth will be taken to determine how much gum tissue, bone and spacing are available for a dental implant.
While your implant is being surgically placed into the bone, the area will be numbed with anesthetic. Our goal with every dental treatment is to have our patients endure little to no discomfort. The area will then need time to heal and integrate with the bone, which can take up to 6 months. A second surgery may be required to place the "post" to hold the artificial tooth in place, depending on the type of implant.
Several weeks later, artificial teeth will be constructed to fit your mouth. Several fittings may be needed and so this step might take up to two months to complete. After another healing period, the dentist will securely attach the artificial teeth to the implant, leaving you with excellent stability and comfort.
How long will my dental implant take to heal?
Depending on your individual circumstances, including whether you have any pre-existing conditions or need to have special procedures before the dental implant surgery, a dental implant can take between 2 and 9 months to heal. The bone surrounding your implant will need time to heal so the implant will be secure in its place.
How much does a dental implant cost?
The cost of your dental implant will depend on many factors, such as whether your insurance will cover all or part of the surgery and implant itself. Some medical insurance plans will not cover any portion of the cost of an implant. Your dentist can provide you with a treatment plan, including a cost estimate and outline of appointment schedules and checkups for follow-up. Also, inquire about the type of implant that will be used and why it is the best option for your requirements.
How long do implants last?
Dental implants can last decades if cared for properly. All types of dental implants continue to improve. Currently, there is no time limit of the life expectancy of cylindrical dental implant systems.
Ask Your Dentist About Dental Implants
There is a lot to know about dental implants and you may have many more questions specific to your circumstances. Our dentists in Surrey are always happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about dental implants or upcoming procedures.