FAQs About a Dental Implant Procedure
Get all of your questions answered before you get dental implants in Fayetteville.
Dealing with missing permanent teeth? Looking for the best way to replace your missing tooth? Dental implants have become a popular treatment option by your dentists at Dental Traditions in Fayetteville because they offer a long-term solution to your tooth loss. Before you get dental implants, you’ll want to find out more about this procedure and whether it’s right for you.
Q. Is getting dental implants painful?
A. Since these procedures are performed under anesthesia, this will greatly reduce and even eliminate any discomfort you experience during the placement of your implant. Furthermore, over-the-counter pain medications and prescription medications can also help reduce post-operative pain. The type and level of anesthesia used will depend on how many implants you need, but our goal is to always make your dental treatments as painless as possible.
Q. How long will getting dental implants actually take?
A. The treatment process fluctuates depending on several factors including a patient’s healing time, but getting an implant can take anywhere from a few months up to a year to complete. After the implant is placed it will remain uncovered under the gums for about three to six months to allow osseointegration to occur, in which the bones and tissue fuse with the implant.
The second part of the procedure will occur three to six months after the implant is placed (once osseointegration is complete). During this procedure, we will place an abutment, or connector piece that links the implant with the artificial tooth. About two to six weeks after the second procedure, your Fayetteville dentists will place your artificial tooth over the implant.
Q. Are dental implants expensive?
A. While dental implants are certainly an investment, the cost of non-treatment can be astronomically more. Also, while other tooth loss treatments can be less expensive upfront, these treatments aren’t designed to last as long and you may end up paying the same amount over time for adjustments and replacements. If you’re interested in dental implants we would be happy to talk about financial plans to make this procedure more affordable.
Q. Am I healthy enough for dental implants?
A. Many healthy individuals end up being good candidates for dental implants, but a lot will depend on your oral and overall health. While it’s rare, some patients may have certain health problems that could cause an implant to fail. Furthermore, any cavities or gum disease or necessary bone grafting must be taken care of before you can get dental implants. Your Fayetteville dentists will be able to determine whether implants are the best course of action for you.
Do dental implants have you intrigued? Want to find out if they could help you regain a full and healthy smile? Then it’s time to call your Fayetteville dentists Drs. Edwin Richardson and Jonathon Richardson at Dental Traditions to schedule a consultation. Treat your tooth loss as soon as possible and protect the rest of your smile.