Dental implants are unmatched in their ability to mimic the form and function of natural teeth. That's why they are so popular with patients who have suffered tooth loss. But just as with any other dental treatment, patients tend to have a lot of questions about dental implants.
Here are some of the most common questions that patients ask before they undergo treatment to replace teeth with dental implants.
1. How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are similar to natural teeth. Like natural teeth, dental implants have roots. These roots are titanium screws that screw into and integrate with the jawbone. And, like natural teeth, dental implants have a crown portion, only instead of enamel, the crown is composed of porcelain.
2. Is the dental implant procedure painful?
The dental implant procedure shouldn't be painful because the prosthodontist will sedate you before beginning surgery.
3. How long is the recovery period?
Because dental implants need to integrate with the jawbone, and even stimulate bone growth, you'll need several months to fully recover from the surgery.
4. How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants can last for decades as long as you take care of them. Just like natural teeth, dental implants can suffer and fail if you don't care for them. But practice good oral hygiene and eat a healthy diet each day and your dental implants may last a lifetime.
5. Do dental implants require any special care?
Dental implants require the same level of care that you give your natural teeth. While dental implants don't suffer from tooth decay, they can fail if bacteria attack the gum and bone tissue that holds them in place.
6. Do dental implants look like real teeth?
Porcelain, which is what dental implant crowns are composed of, looks like tooth enamel. Dentists take great care to create dental implant crowns that are the same shape, size, and color as your natural teeth. This means that dental implants are hard to distinguish from natural teeth.
7. Can dental implants be done in a day?
The dental implant procedure can be completed in one day, but only if you have enough healthy bone to support a dental implant. Otherwise, you'll need a bone graft, which will take several months to heal.
Speak to your dentist or a prosthodontist and they can provide you answers to these and any other questions that you might have.Share
24 November 2021
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