If you are missing some teeth (or have some that are badly damaged), you might be looking at dental implants. Though many people assume that a dental implant is a tooth (or an artificial one), it is not true. It is actually an artificial root! It is a titanium post that gets implanted into your jawbone to act as a root for your artificial tooth (or dentures).
If you are considering having dental implants placed, here are some answers to some questions that you may have. It will help you decide whether or not dental implants are right for you.
Do patients react well to implants?
Most patients do well with implants. Some people can even get their replacement teeth in within a few weeks, giving them a much brighter smile.
Are dental implants permanent?
Implants are permanent structures. In fact, they are strong because new bone will grow around your implants to hold them in place. This process, called osseointegration, can take a few weeks or months to occur.
What is the recovery time for implants?
The recovery for implants is usually pretty simple. You may notice some swelling and tenderness around the area so your dentist or oral surgeon may prescribe some pain medication. You may also need to eat softer foods for a few days until the pain and tenderness subsides.
Are most implants successful?
The success rate for dental implants is around ninety to ninety-five percent. To make sure that yours are going to work, you need to maintain good oral hygiene. Routine brushing and flossing are essential to keep the rest of your mouth healthy. You also need to continue to visit the dentist so that you don’t end up with peri-implantitis, which damages the soft tissue and bone around your implant.
If you’re interested in filling in the gaps of missing teeth and learning more about dental implants, contact Commonwealth Prosthodontics today to schedule an appointment.