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Frequently Asked Questions

Dental Implant FAQ

Q: Is the surgery to place a dental implant painful?
A: No, it is usually done under local anesthetic in your dentist’s office, in just the same way as a filling. Once the anesthesia takes effect, you shouldn’t feel anything.

Q: What can I expect after the anesthetic wears off?
A: Generally there are no open wounds with implant surgery so healing is quite quick and un-eventful. You can expect some minor discomfort, but that can generally be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or similar medication in prescription strength.

Q: How long does it take to place dental implants?
A: It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour.

Q: What about eating after implant surgery?
A: It’s generally important to avoid exposing any recent surgical site in the mouth to food if possible. A good rule of thumb is to eat soft, nutritious foods and keep well hydrated. AIID will recommend a diet and instructions on how to care for your new implants during healing.

Q: How long does healing and construction of the replacement teeth (implant crowns) take?
A: The entire process usually takes about two to six nine months, depending on your treatment plan. There are two main phases: First the implants have to heal by fusing to the bone, and then the tooth replacement restorations have to be fabricated and attached. remove

Q: How long do dental implants last?
A: Dental Implants have a success rate reportedly 95% over 10 years. The longevity relies upon how well you keep your mouth in a healthy condition, so regular at home cleaning, professional cleaning and reviews with your dentist is imperative.

Q: Can my body reject a dental implant, and if so what then?
A: In healthy people only a small number of implants fail for unknown reasons. Generally implants fail due to infection from failure to keep your mouth healthy, people who smoke or have uncontrolled systemic disease.

Q: Will I have a gap in my mouth?
A: If the dental implant is in an aesthetic important position, then you can discuss temporary teeth options with your dentist. There are a number of options available to fill in the gap while the implant is healing, the choice will depend on your specific circumstances.