Answers to Common Dental Implant Questions
If you are considering replacing missing teeth with dental implants you likely have many questions. Our implant dentists want all of their patients to be well informed on various treatment options before investing in implants. In order to do that, they have answered some of the most frequently asked questions they receive at Central Texas Dental Care. If you don’t find an answer to your question here, please contact our Hewitt, TX dental practice to schedule your consultation with one of our implant dentists.
How long does the dental implant process take?
The time it takes to receive dental implants varies from patient to patient and depends on their individual needs. Factors such as how many implants are being placed and the need for preliminary procedures, such as bone grafting, will affect the length of the implant process. During your consultation we’ll determine your needs and establish a timeline based on the state of your mouth. If you’d like to learn more about your specific case, contact Central Texas Dental Care to schedule a dental implant consultation.
Is it painful to get dental implants?
At Central Texas Dental Care, your comfort is our top priority. We offer several sedation dentistry options to help you experience a pain free procedure and keep you relaxed during treatment. Some patients will leave having no memory of the procedure itself. Our implant dentists will prescribe medications to help ease any pain and discomfort you may experience in the days following your surgery.
Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?
For a successful outcome, it’s important to have a healthy mouth that’s free of disease before receiving dental implants. If you have gum disease you will need to undergo periodontal treatment before implants can be placed. At Central Texas Dental Care, we treat all stages of gum disease using the LANAP protocol. This treatment option utilizes state-of-the-art lasers, which means less pain and discomfort during and after gum treatments.
Can I benefit from implants if I have dentures?
Yes! In fact, implants can make wearing dentures more comfortable and stable. However, if you have been wearing dentures for a long time you probably have experienced some bone loss. Typically, the bone weakens and loses density in areas where teeth are missing which can cause further dental problems. If our implant dentists establish that you have suffered bone loss, you may need to undergo preliminary procedures such as bone grafting to prepare your jawbone for implant placement.
Can a dental implant be placed on the same day as extraction?
This typically depends on the condition of the jawbone, the extraction site, and your overall health. Many patients are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted and a dental implant placed during the same appointment. For others, bone loss may be an issue requiring a preparatory procedure before the implant surgery. Scheduling an appointment with our implant dentists will help determine your candidacy for same day implants.
How much time do I need to take off work for dental implants?
Recovery time will vary by patient, but we recommend staying home from work the day after your surgery to allow swelling and soreness to alleviate. It’s also important to take it easy in the days following your procedure. We recommend refraining from eating hard foods, strenuous activities, and smoking to allow your body to heal.
How do I care for my dental implants?
One of the benefits of dental implants is that they don’t require any special maintenance. Caring for your dental implants is no different than caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups are all important factors that will help your implants last a lifetime.
How long will dental implants last?
For many patients the dental implant posts can last a lifetime with proper at home care and regular professional checkups. However, with normal wear, the crown that is placed on the implant post will need to be replaced about every 10 to 15 years.
What are my options for paying for dental implants?
At Central Texas Dental Care, we don’t want anything to get in the way of restoring your smile. That’s why we offer several financing options to make dental implants more affordable, including no money down and no interest plans through CareCredit℠. To learn more, visit our financing page or contact our Hewitt, TX practice today!