Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Getting dental implants is not a decision to make lightly, and it is understandable to have questions. We’ve answered some of the most common questions below to help you make an informed decision.
What is the downside of dental implants?
Dental implants are the only permanent solution for missing teeth, but they are costly. They are a significant expense, particularly if you are getting multiple implants. Keep in mind, however, that once your implants are in place, your ability to eat, speak, and enjoy life will improve dramatically.
The time required for dental implants should also be considered. You must commit to a process requiring months of healing and one or more surgical procedures. Most patients should expect anywhere from four months to a year from the initial consultation to the final restoration.
Some of the many benefits of dental implants include:
- Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth
- Implants preserve the contours of your face
- Implants help prevent loss of jawbone
- You can eat and speak naturally without worrying about slipping dentures
- Dental implants are cared for like natural teeth
- The bite force is more natural
- Less chance of cavities or other dental issues
- No need to periodically replace the implants
At OCF, we value transparency. If you are considering dental implants, Dr. Cruz will explain the process in detail and discuss the pros and cons with you to help you choose the dental restoration that is best for you.
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How long do dental implants last?
Your implants (the part below the gum line) should last a lifetime. The restorations, whether crowns or fixed dentures, can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years, depending on wear and tear and those get done by your referring Dentist. If your restorations need replacing, they can be attached to the same implants without additional surgery.
Is it better to get dentures or implants?
This is a personal decision only you can make. Both advantages and disadvantages exist, but dental implants are generally a better choice. They are a more comfortable, permanent solution for missing teeth. Some people may not be good candidates for dental implants but that can be explained by Dr. Cruz when he does the consultation.
How soon can I return to eating normal foods?
Most people begin adding foods that require chewing within a week, gradually adding tougher, more fibrous foods over the course of the second week.
Are dental implants painful?
You will experience some discomfort after dental implant surgery, as with any surgery. However, this is generally easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen and ice packs. Dr. Cruz may prescribe a more powerful pain reliever if needed. Pain and swelling usually peak on day three, then quickly subside. Most patients are pain-free within a week.
Can a dental implant be rejected by the body?
It is possible for your body to reject a dental implant, but it is rare. Less than 5% of implants are rejected because titanium is biocompatible. If you are a healthy non-smoker, the chances of rejection are extremely low.
Can one implant replace two teeth?
In some cases, one implant can support two adjacent teeth. This depends on the location of the teeth, jawbone health, and other factors. Dr. Cruz will review your options at your initial consultation.
Dr. Cruz is happy to answer all your dental implant questions at your initial consultation. To schedule an appointment, call our office at Oral & Craniofacial Center PLLC Phone Number 956-627-3556.