Dental Implant FAQs
Answers to Common Questions About Dental Implants
- Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
- Do dental implants hurt?
- Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
- Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?
- What are single-stage implants?
- What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
- What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
- How long do dental implants last?
- When will I have my permanent teeth?
- How do I care for my implants?
Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?
If the implant site is near the front of your mouth, we have a variety of temporary options such as bridges and transitional implants to get you through the healing phase. In some cases, a tooth can even be placed (loaded) onto the implant shortly after the implant is placed.
Do dental implants hurt?
During the surgery, you will be properly anesthetized at all times – you won’t feel a thing! And after surgery, you’ll be relieved to know that most of our patients experience very little, if any, pain that is usually managed well with over-the-counter pain medications. Any necessary prescriptions will be discussed during your visit.
Do dental implants feel like real teeth?
Yes! Your dental implant will feel, look and operate just like your natural teeth. You will be eating all of the foods that you used to enjoy with your new, permanent tooth before you know it!
Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?
Patients typically will return to work either the same day or the next day following surgery.
What are single-stage implants?
In some cases, we are able to place the implant and leave the soft tissue surrounding it as is. This way, we can avoid a second surgical procedure to uncover the dental implant during the abutment/restoration stage.
What if I am missing a lot of teeth?
If you are missing many teeth, implant-supported dentures can give you a full arch of prosthetic teeth attached to just a few implants. This option is a great solution for those who need the quantity of teeth provided by a denture, but don’t want the hassle associated with it.
What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate and the procedure has been around for decades, with continual improvements and discoveries made all along the way. The risks are very low, and closely resemble those of other minor surgical procedures (infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc.).
How long do dental implants last?
Studies have shown that properly placed and well cared-for dental implants can last 15+ years. Advanced technology and experience enable us to give you the very best shot at keeping yours for a very long time!
When will I have my permanent teeth?
Permanent restorations are placed as early as 3 and as late as 12 months following implant surgery, depending on your case.
How do I care for my implants?
Care for your implants just like you do your natural teeth: by brushing twice and flossing once daily. Take good care of them and they will take care of you!