Dental Implants FAQs
Questions About Dental Implants: Transforming Lives
- What is a dental implant?
- How do dental implants work?
- How long does it take to get a dental implant?
- Will I need to have bone grafting?
- Will I miss work?
- Do dental implants hurt?
Dental Implants are changing lives as they replace missing teeth and restore smiles. Strong as natural teeth because they are anchored into the jaw, dental implants allow you to eat anything you want without having to worry about your teeth slipping when you talk, eat, and laugh. Dr. Patel answers common questions about dental implants and their placement.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants have revolutionized the way we treat missing teeth. The 3-part artificial tooth has a titanium screw that is placed in your jaw. An abutment, or connector, protrudes from the implant and holds the crown, the visible part of the implant, in place.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are made of titanium and permanently bond with the jawbone through a process called osseointegration. This effective fusion allows for eating, chewing and biting that is completely natural.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The process of getting a dental implant can take up to 18 months, but we tailor each procedure to every individual patient, taking into careful consideration the complexity of your case, including your need for bone grafting.
Will I need to have bone grafting?
Generally speaking, patients who have been missing a tooth for more than a month will require some bone grafting. Dr. Patel will evaluate the surgical site and your particular needs and advise accordingly.
Will I miss work?
Our patients normally take the rest of the day off following an implant procedure but return to work the following day with very little discomfort.
Do dental implants hurt?
The surgical site is always kept numb during dental implant surgery, and a variety of anesthetic options are available. As the anesthesia wears off later in the day, any mild discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.