Since dental implants are becoming more popular, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for our patients.
Are dental implants something that I should get?
Missing teeth can be a problem, affecting not only the health of your mouth but the rest of your life too. You might not be as quick to smile because you may be embarrassed. Many people who are missing teeth struggle to eat and even talk. Dental implants will act as your natural teeth, allowing you to eat and talk normally. Implants will also improve your smile!
What are the benefits?
Dental implants are perfect for patients who are missing teeth. They look natural and even feel like your normal teeth. Once you get implants, you will be able to eat without pain. You will also be able to talk more easily. Dental implants can also help improve your appearance. Your smile will improve, and your facial structure will not deteriorate, which often happens when teeth are missing. Overall, dental implants can really improve your life.
Who can get dental implants?
Dental implants are safe for anyone, no matter the person’s age. However, you need to have enough bone in which to place your implants.
What is the success rate with dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate. They work in about 97 percent of patients. If the implants do not take hold in the bone, we will try to place them in a different location in your jaw.
Is it painful to get dental implants?
We do everything that we can to make the procedure go as smoothly as possible. We use a local anesthesia so that you don’t feel any pain during the actual procedure. If needed, we will prescribe pain medication for you to take afterward if you have any discomfort.
How soon can I go back to work?
Most of the time, patients can go back to work the next day. We will be sure to discuss any special care instructions that you may need to follow after your procedure.
Will my insurance cover dental implants?
Each insurance policy is different. Some will cover dental implants, though coverage is usually limited to what is usually covered for bridges and dentures.
What special care and maintenance will my dental implants need?
Dental implants will act like your normal teeth. You need to continue to brush and floss daily. It is also important to have appointments with your dentist every six months for a routine checkup.
What happens if I don’t get dental implants?
If you don’t get dental implants, you will experience bone loss through the years. This can be bad for your other teeth. Your dentures will stop fitting correctly. Your facial appearance may change. You may also have trouble eating and talking correctly. To avoid or reduce these outcomes, you should get dental implants as soon as you can. If you wait, you may experience too much bone loss so that the implants won’t hold.
If you have any other questions about dental implants, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (818) 244-2181.