FAQS about Dental Implants
Learn more about implant dentistry and how it can rebuild a damaged smile.
There is a reason dental implants have become such a popular treatment option for many patients of Boca Raton dentist Dr. Alfred Huber. Dental implants in Boca Raton offer a look and feel that is as similar to natural teeth as you can get. If you have been interested in implants now is the time you learned more about them.
Q. What is a dental implant?
A. An implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jawbone where it will fuse with the bone and tissue to create a permanent foundation from which to hold a dental crown or other dental restoration.
Q. How long do they last?
A. What makes implants so appealing is that they are designed to last a lifetime if you care for them properly. So once the implant has completely fused with the jawbone it can last the rest of your life if you maintain good oral hygiene and continue to see your dentist in Boca Raton for regular checkups.
Q. Is getting a dental implant in Boca Raton painful?
A. You’ll be relieved to hear that getting implants isn’t painful. Your procedures will be performed under local anesthesia so the area will be numb prior to treatment. You shouldn’t feel a thing once the anesthesia takes affect. Of course, there may be some soreness or discomfort after your procedure, but the effects should be minimal.
Q. How long will it take to get a dental implant?
A. The process usually takes several months to complete, depending on the treatment plan we have mapped out for you. The first major step to getting an implant is having it naturally fuse together with the bone. The second step is to attach the dental restoration (e.g. crown) to the implant. This can take between two to nine months, but may also take longer.
Q. Is it possible that my body could reject a dental implant?
A. Because implants are made from a biocompatible material (e.g. titanium) this means that it’s rare for an implant to fail. Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to deal with implant failure, where the implant doesn’t successfully meld with bone.
Q. Who is a good candidate for this cosmetic procedure?
A. Anyone looking for a long-term solution to replacing one or more missing teeth could benefit from implants. Ideal candidates with be healthy and not dealing with cavities, gum disease or uncontrolled chronic diseases like diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Implants are also only an option for adults and are not suitable for children or teens.
Have questions of your own regarding this treatment? No problem! Your restorative dentist in Boca Raton is here to help. Schedule an implant consultation today with Reserve Dental Group and get all your questions answered.