FAQ About Dental Implants

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If you need to get denture implants or are simply curious as to what they are and what part they might have in cosmetic dentistry, read on for some frequently asked questions about denture implants and other implants and the procedures dentists use to implant them.

  1. What is a dental implant? Dental implants are posts which are normally made of titanium and become a substitute for the root of a tooth. This post then has an abutment built into or on top of it which connects the implant to replacement teeth. Then a crown, or replacement tooth, is made to match a person’s existing teeth. Denture implants can be made to replace an entire set of teeth.
  2. Why would someone get a dental implant? Aesthetics are a big reason that some people get them. They simply replace missing teeth and feel natural, so people can feel more confident eating and smile. Since 96% of people think that having an attractive smile is really important to be attractive to the opposite sex, dental implants have become an important way to give people confidence in social situations. A full three million people in the United States already have implants, and each year another 500,000 get one. Denture implants are vastly preferable to traditional dentures because they are permanent, easier to clean, and function just like natural teeth.
  3. How do I start the process of getting a dental implant? You first need to see your dentist. Any dentist can give you advice and direction about whether dental implants are right for you. But it is essential that your denture implants be put in just right, so it is important to have a dentist who has the training and education necessary to do dental implants.
  4. What happens when I get a dental implant? The dentist will put the implant into your jawbone. There will be some discomfort for a few days and you’ll have to be careful while the implant heals. Once it heals, the implant will fuse to your jawbone. When that is done, a connection will be placed on it from the implant itself to the replacement tooth, or crown.
  5. Does getting a dental implant hurt? You will not feel anything during the procedure itself, and it will likely feel a lot easier than you are worried it will. After the procedure, it is normal to have some discomfort, but many people find that over the counter painkillers are sufficient to relieve their discomfort. Dentists also give prescription narcotics when necessary if someone has too much discomfort.
  6. Is it expensive to get dental implants? Getting a dental implant is often not much more expensive than getting a bridge, and the long-term cost is much lower. Bridges have to be replaced about once a decade, but a good dental implant never needs to be replaced. And denture implants are a lifetime investment that never needs to be replaced as traditional dentures do.

There are a lot of good reasons to consider getting dental implants, but it’s a decision that you and your dentist should make together. Talk to your dentist about the possibilities open to you, and then look for a cosmetic dentist or dental surgery near you where they can help you restore your smile and your confidence through dental implants!

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