Here at Perrinville Family Dentistry, we have specialists in all dentistry fields, including dental implants. A dental implant is an artificial tooth made of a titanium root and a crown that replaces a lost tooth. Patients that have lost a tooth will be recommended to cover the space with a dental implant to avoid other dental issues.
Dental Implants or Dental bridges?
While dental bridges are recommended if there are consecutive missing teeth, for replacing a single one, it is better to choose a dental implant. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not harm the teeth situated on the sides of the gap. Another advantage of dental implants is that they can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Our specialists care about your dental health and will recommend a dental implant to avoid issues such as gum infections, dental movements towards the gap, or jawbone loss.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
One of the most common questions asked by our patients is how long can a dental implant last. The answer is simple: it depends on how the patient takes care of it. Sometimes, if the patient comes to the clinic for regular checks and brushes and flosses daily, the implant can last a lifetime. However, since it is an artificial replacement, our professionals can’t promise or guarantee its’ lifespan.
Another question that we get often is: will the surgery hurt? At our clinic, we are using modern, sterilized equipment, and the latest generation of anesthetics to ensure a comfortable procedure for our patients. While most of our patients come to our clinic scared of the pain, they soon realize there’s no discomfort in the procedures we perform and they can relax. If the patient suffers from an anxiety disorder or has a low tolerance to any kind of stress and pain, our specialists are ready to recommend extra sedation options.
How long will the dental implant treatment last? Depending on the location of the missing tooth, the implant type, and the selected kind of work, the treatment can last up to six months. During this period, the patient can receive a temporary crown on the implant. However, the patient will be advised not to eat any hard foods or consume cold/hot drinks while wearing a temporary crown.
Another frequent question is if everybody can get dental implants. The answer is simple: if the patient is healthy enough to go through a dental extraction, then they’re probably a good candidate for dental implants. Before the surgery, you will have to go through your complete medical history with one of our professionals to make sure that everything is all right and that you are fit for this procedure.
If you recently lost a tooth or you have teeth you may lose shortly, you should expect our professionals to recommend a dental implant to replace it. For more information about dental implants, call the experienced professionals here at Perrinville Family Dentistry at (425) 616-0620 today!