As mentioned in a previous post, a dental implant is not a one-step process. There are multiple steps and a lot of waiting and watching to the procedure, and usually takes 6-8 months to complete. As a result, patients usually ask many questions before embarking upon this journey. Here are the most commonly asked questions about dental implants, as suggested by Dr. Shin.
Why do so many people prefer dental implants?
Dental implants are the most natural-looking replacement for missing teeth. Implants also feel like real teeth. Unlike most tooth replacement options, dental implants don’t slip or click while you’re talking, laughing or eating. And they maintain your jawbone’s health so your facial structure stays intact.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the root of the tooth. A connector (known as an abutment) is placed on or built into the top of the dental implant, which connects it to the replacement tooth. Finally, a crown (known as the replacement tooth) is custom fabricated to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant.
How much do dental implants cost?
No two sets of teeth or their customized dental implant treatments are exactly the same. Therefore, the costs – as well as the number of appointments required – will also vary depending on your particular needs. Dr. Shin recommends consulting with a dental implant expert who can conduct a comprehensive examination to best determine your needs and the associated fees. Discussing payment arrangements and potential coverage from your insurance carrier are important steps in the planning process.
Can any dentist place dental implants?
Dental implants are sophisticated dental devices that must be placed carefully to minimize complications or implant failure. For the best results, it is important that you choose a dental implant expert who has the proper education, training and competence in implant dentistry. Each expert at Smile Well Dental have a minimum 15 years of experience, which is what you should typically aim for with these specialized treatments.
Where can I find a knowledgeable dental implant dentist?
Dr. Shin and his team of credentialed dental implant experts have met key education, training, and competence requirements. They are highly rated in the field of dental implants and maintain a solid reputation among dentists in Vancouver.
How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?
After completing all necessary diagnostics, your dentist should be able to provide you with a treatment plan including an estimated time to complete the implant process. Total treatment time varies depending on your needs, medical and dental history, health of your supporting jawbones, and dental materials used. Sometimes, it can be as short as a few months. Other times, it can take over a year for more complex conditions. On average, the entire process takes about 6-8 months to complete.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implants have been used for over half a century and have a success rate of 95%. As with any medical procedures, however, there can be complications. An experienced implant dentist can handle problems as they arise, minimizing the likelihood of complications. It is essential to be transparent with your implant dentist as he or she reviews your health history. This includes sharing with him or her your daily habits, like smoking and drinking. It is important that you are fully informed about the benefits and risks involved with these habits—some of which can potentially affect the success of your dental implant healing process.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
With 21st century sedation techniques available and helpful instructions for proper home care, many patients report feeling better than anticipated. Often, they return to work and daily activities the next day. While there may be some discomfort and bruising the first few days, there should be no major pain involved. During the procedure itself, patients report some slight pressure and lots of poking around, but no pain overall.
Can my child get dental implants?
Yes, children who have lost permanent teeth due to injury should consider dental implants as an excellent long-term solution. Dr. Shin advises patients to consult with a dental implant expert as soon as possible after the teeth are lost. Keep in mind, in most circumstances, the dentist will wait until your child’s facial growth and development has been completed before conducting implant procedures. Generally, full growth occurs around age 16 for girls and age 18 for boys.
How do I care for my dental implants?
After receiving dental implants from an experienced dentist, the next step is to learn how to properly care for your new set of teeth. Well-cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Caring for dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth: brush, floss and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. The biggest difference may be the limitations on what you can and cannot eat with dental implants.
To learn more about the entire dental implant process, click here.