If you’re considering replacing missing teeth with dental implants, you likely have many questions. Our dentists want you to be well informed about all of your options before investing in implants and have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions they receive at Artistry in Dentistry. If you don’t find an answer to your question here, please contact our Gilbert, AZ dental practice.
How long does the dental implant procedure take?
The time it takes to receive dental implants varies from patient to patient, depending on their individual needs. Some things that affect your treatment time include how many implants are being placed and the need for preliminary procedures, such as bone grafting. During your consultation with one of our implant dentists, he will determine your needs to get a better idea of how long your treatment will take. If you’d like to learn more, contact our Gilbert dental practice to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Is it painful to get dental implants?
At Artistry in Dentistry, your comfort is our top priority. We offer sedation dentistry to help keep you relaxed and pain-free during implant procedures. Our implant dentists will also prescribe medications to help ease any pain and discomfort you may experience in the days following your surgery.
Can I benefit from implants if I have dentures?
Yes! In fact, implants can make wearing dentures more comfortable and stable. However, if you have been wearing dentures for a long time you have likely experienced some bone loss due to lack of teeth. During your consultation, our dentists will determine if you have suffered bone loss, in which case you will need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to prepare your jawbone for implant placement. It’s important to note that grafting may not be successful for some patients who have experienced extensive bone loss.
Can a dental implant be placed the same day as extraction?
This typically depends on the condition of the jawbone in the area where the tooth was extracted as well as your overall health. Many patients are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted and a dental implant placed during the same appointment. For others, bone loss may be an issue requiring a preparatory procedure before the implant surgery. Schedule an appointment with one of our implant dentists to see if you are a candidate for same day implants.
How much time do I need to take off work for dental implants?
Recovery time will vary by patient, but we recommend staying home from work the day after your surgery to allow swelling and soreness to diminish. It’s also important to not push yourself too hard in the days following your procedure. We recommend refraining from eating hard foods, strenuous activities, and smoking to allow your body to heal.
How do I care for my dental implants?
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they can be cared for just like your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are important to helping your implants last for a lifetime, as is eating a nutritious diet.
How long will dental implants last?
For many patients, dental implants can last a lifetime with proper at home care and professional checkups and cleanings. However, the crown that is placed on the implant typically lasts 10 to 15 years with normal wear at which time it will need to be replaced.
What are my options for paying for dental implants?
At Artistry in Dentistry, we don’t want anything to get in the way of restoring your smile. That’s why we offer several financing options to make dental implants more affordable, including low monthly payments and no interest plans through CareCredit℠ and LendingClub®. To learn more, visit our financing page or contact our Gilbert, AZ practice today!