Dental Implant FAQ
South Austin, TX
We understand that there are a lot of questions out there that patients ask regarding dentistry and dental implants. We are here to help answer some of those questions.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
Tooth loss can be remedied by having dental implants placed. They are placed into the jawbone in a dentist's clinic during a minor surgical procedure. A crown made of porcelain that looks just like your natural teeth is added to the implant after it has been surgically implanted in your jaw. Some implants require many months for bone fusion before they may be permanently crowned, while others can have new teeth the same day they are implanted.
When it Comes to Getting Implants, Are There Age Restrictions?
Dental implant success rates are the same for people of all ages. Patients in their sixth to tenth decades of life had about the same success in achieving bone repair around dental implants as patients in their first to fifth decades. Dental implant therapy is limited only by the patient's overall health, which your dentist may discuss with you in detail during your consultation. The only age restriction is in young adults; we do not place dental implants unless the patient’s jaw is fully grown.
Dental Implants Can Replace One or More Teeth, But How Many?
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, many teeth, or even a full arch. The number of implants required to replace a lost tooth is far less than one. Two implants can secure a lower removable denture, and four implants can secure a full upper or lower permanent denture.
Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?
For most patients, getting dental implants is a quick and painless process. Pain medicine and anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen are available without a prescription and can be used to alleviate any discomfort experienced after surgery. Ice is also useful.
What is the Cost for Dental Implants?
Implants are initially more expensive than dentures or bridges for tooth replacement. They may never require replacing, though, as they last for decades. Therefore, they are the most beneficial and economical choice for the long-term benefit of your health, comfort, and general well-being.
How Do You Maintain Dental Implants?
Brushing, flossing, and frequent dental examinations and cleanings are necessary, just as they would be with natural teeth. Implant teeth cannot decay; however, inflammation or infection of the gums can occur if proper care is not taken. Dental implants, if properly maintained, have the potential to last a lifetime.
Can Dental Implants Be Rejected By the Body?
Dental implants cannot be rejected since they lack the genetic material and living cells necessary for immune rejection. They are constructed of titanium, which is entirely biocompatible and to which allergies almost seldom occur. However, if poor dental hygiene persists or the implant is forced into use too soon, it may not be successful in fusing with the jawbone. Nonetheless, this is extremely unusual, as implant success rates typically exceed 95%.
Can I Have Dental Implants?
The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to get an extensive oral exam that includes jaw x-rays, but chances are strong that you do. If you are ready to take the first step in restoring your smile and bite, please get in touch with us at (512) 441-8922 to set up a consultation.