If you’re experiencing tooth decay or other issues causing tooth loss, you have a few different choices to improve your comfort and appearance. While many people choose to get dentures or dental bridges, another option to consider is dental implants.
However, before deciding to get dental implants, it’s important to understand the procedure and any possible risks. Below, we’ll discuss some of the most common questions about dental implants, so you can be fully prepared when you book a consultation with your dentist.
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
One of the first things you should discuss with your dentist is what dental implants are. When you ask this question, your dentist will explain the procedure in detail, including how dental implants are placed in your mouth.
However, it’s important to understand that a dental implant is not an actual tooth but a prosthesis used to replace a missing or damaged tooth. Generally, these implants are made from titanium and inserted into the jawbone.
HOW LONG DOES A DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE TAKE?
It is essential to know how long a dental procedure will take so that you can arrange your schedule accordingly. When you discuss a timeframe with your dentist, they will determine the length of time based on your dental health, which teeth require replacing, the number of teeth needing to be replaced, and whether you require any tooth extraction.
All these elements taken into consideration, the length of the procedure varies widely from patient to patient. Therefore, it’s a key detail to find out, so you know how much time to put aside.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS SAFE?
These days, dental implants are one of the safest ways to replace missing teeth. However, you should still speak with your dentist about the safety of the procedure. That will ensure you are aware of any particular issues that may need to be considered based on your personal oral health.
It is worth noting that not only are dental implants generally safe, but many people also consider the procedure to be relatively painless.
CAN I EAT AFTER A DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
Your dentist will likely give you the go-ahead when you inquire as to whether or not you’ll be able to eat immediately after implant surgery. However, they will also inform you about the specific foods you’ll be unable to eat for two days after the surgery.
For your restricted days, it’s usually recommended that you avoid crunchy foods or foods that require a lot of chewing and stick instead to liquids and soft foods.
If there is a food that you would like to eat and you are uncertain if it is a “hard” or “soft” food, it is recommended to ask your dentist about specific examples of the foods you should avoid.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS TO HEAL?
One crucial question to ask your dentist is the length of time your implants will need to heal. They will determine a timeframe based on the number of teeth you need replaced and your overall dental health. On average, it takes between 8 and 24 weeks for dental implants to heal fully and be ready for the crown.
Another key factor, and one that you may want to consider clarifying with your dentist, is that there is sometimes more than one stage of healing. The length of the stages will also determine total healing time.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Finally, ask your dentist how long you should expect your dental implants to last. In most cases, implants can last a lifetime if they are correctly looked after. Appropriate care includes regular brushing and flossing.
Your dentist will give you a list of guidelines covering how to care for your implants. They will take into consideration your nutritional habits, genetic history and current dental hygiene regimen.
However, your dentist cannot guarantee the longevity of your new dental implants. Therefore, it’s vital to closely follow their instructions in order to keep your implants in top condition for as long as possible.
CONTACT PEAK DENTAL ARTS TODAY
Are you considering getting dental implants, or do you have an inquiry about the procedure? Contact your North Vancouver dentist at Peak Dental Arts to book a consultation today. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable dentists is happy to answer your questions and discuss any concerns you may have.