Dental Implant FAQ
Dental treatments can seem overwhelming if you have not been to a dental office for a while or are preparing for a new procedure. This is especially true if you are considering a complete restoration like dental implants.
There is no need to worry because our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group put our patients’ first. Our professionals will review the dental implant process with you in detail and make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you. Dental implants are a great restorative option that can give you a bright new smile.
When Are Dental Implants Needed?
Dental implants may be a good option for you if you have experienced major tooth loss or suffered severe tooth decay that requires the extraction of multiple teeth. Dental implants are intended for major tooth replacements and generally are not considered if you only need one or two teeth replaced. They offer several benefits and function much like your natural teeth, making them a good option for whole teeth replacements.
How Many Procedures Are Needed?
Dental implants will require at least two separate procedures but may require as many as three procedures. The number of procedures you require will depend on whether or not you need a bone graft to prepare your jawbone for the implants. If you do not need a bone graft, then our professionals will install the titanium posts during your first procedure and will install the false teeth during your second appointment several months later.
Will I Need A Bone Graft?
Our team will determine if you need a bone graft during one of your pre-op appointments. During that visit, our professional will conduct a thorough oral exam and gather measurements of your mouth. They will also have digital x-rays taken by one of our team members. The x-rays will let our team members know if your jawbone is dense enough for the implants or if you need a bone graft.
The bone graft procedure is relatively simple and can be completed in our office. Our professional will start by administering a local anesthetic and making an incision in your gumline. They will then graft fragments of bone to your jaw and suture the incision. It will take several months to a year for the fragments to fuse to your jawbone, according to Healthline.
How Long Do They Last?
The titanium posts that are installed into your jawbone will last for the rest of your life. According to WebMD, the false teeth attached to them will last approximately ten to twenty years. The life of the implants depends upon regular dental exams and good oral hygiene practices.
Why Are Implants Better Than Dentures?
Dental implants offer several benefits when compared to traditional dentures. Dental implants function and look more natural than dentures. They also allow you to bite down with more force than dentures. Dental implants are a permanent fixture and do not have to be placed in your mouth daily.
Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or find out if you are a good candidate, come see our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 385 381-6464.