Dental Implants FAQ

Dental implants are the only permanent option for replacing one or more missing teeth. They are an alternative to partial plates, bridges, and dentures and offer several advantages. If you have questions or concerns about dental implants, you can find most of the answers you’re looking for here.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. The implants are titanium posts placed in the jawbone where the missing teeth’s roots used to be. Once the implants are in place and have healed (usually 3-6 months), they have permanently fused to the jawbone, providing a permanent base for new, replacement teeth that look and function just like natural teeth.

 

What are the advantages of dental implants?

There are pros and cons to getting any oral surgery or replacement teeth, but the pros of implants outweigh the cons. More people choose dental implants every year for several reasons. If you’re considering dental implants, consider these facts:

 

  • Implants are permanent, so you’ll never have to repeat the surgery
  • If a crown wears out, it is easy to replace on the implant
  • Implants look and feel like natural teeth
  • A single tooth implant can be done without damaging the adjoining, healthy teeth
  • Regular brushing and flossing are the only care needed to keep your implants healthy
  • No need to worry about dentures or plates that slip, click, or affect your speech
  • Dental implants prevent deterioration of the jawbone, which happens when there are empty sockets where the roots of your teeth used to be.

 

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you are in good health and have sufficient jawbone to support the implants, you are a candidate for dental implants. For most people, they are a welcome alternative to missing teeth and superior to other options such as dentures or dental bridges. While age has no bearing on whether you can get implants, the longer your natural teeth have been missing, the more complex the implant procedure is likely to be due to gradual bone loss. Fortunately, Dr. Dela Rosa is experienced in performing bone grafts to build up the jawline and ridge so it can accommodate implants.

Some people aren’t good candidates for dental implants due to underlying health issues that can affect healing. These include anyone with uncontrolled diabetes, specific heart problems, and immune disorders such as Lupus. Smoking also impacts the healing process by depriving healthy bones and tissue of oxygen. The dental implant failure rate is higher for patients who smoke.

 

Will I have to wait until the jawbone heals to get my crowns?

Many people worry that they will have to wait for months to restore their appearance if they have dental implants. While healing time is required before permanent crowns (the porcelain replacement teeth) are attached to your implants, we don’t send you out into the world with gaps in your teeth. We put temporary crowns to preserve your smile and protect the area during the healing process. Once the site heals, your permanent, custom-crafted crowns are attached.

 

Is dental implant surgery painful?

No, the surgery is done under either a local anesthetic or IV anesthesia, depending on your comfort level and the complexities of your procedure. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure, but you will feel mild pressure. Dr. Dela Rosa will discuss your options and advise you on which type of sedation or anesthesia is most appropriate.

 

After implant surgery, you’ll have some discomfort and swelling for a few days. These can be controlled with mild pain relievers and ice packs. Most patients are surprised by how minimal the pain is and how quickly it goes away.

 

Can my regular dentist perform my dental implant surgery?

In most cases, no. A dentist can design and craft permanent crowns, but most dentists are not oral surgeons and are not qualified to do this complex procedure. Oral surgeons specialize in oral surgery, including implants. They have additional schooling and training in surgical techniques and working with the jawbone.

 

Who performs dental implant surgery at Archstone Oral Surgery?

Dr. Dela Rosa is a Harvard-educated oral surgeon who has performed the implant procedure hundreds of times with exceptional results. He will work closely with your dentist to ensure your treatment is as seamless as possible. Dr. Dela Rosa is a licensed dentist and medical doctor and prioritizes continuing education to improve his skills and offer every patient exceptional care using advanced techniques. He strives to ensure your comfort and minimize any anxiety you may have before and after dental implant surgery.

 

Are implants hard to care for?

With permanent crowns in place, your new teeth can be cared for as easily as you care for your natural teeth. Simply brush with a soft-bristle brush and floss daily. We also advise a twice-yearly dental checkup and professional cleaning. While your gums are healing, you will need to be a bit gentler with the temporary crowns, but these generally handle light brushing and rinses with warm saltwater quite well.

 

Are dental implants expensive?

The cost of dental implants varies depending on how many implants are needed, the condition of your jawbone, whether bone grafts are required, how many teeth are replaced, and the location of the missing teeth. You can learn more about the cost of dental implants and how we can help by scheduling an appointment for an initial consultation. Please call our office at (415) 963-4121 to schedule your consultation today.

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