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Winter Park Periodontics and Dental Implants
Carlos Pires, DMD, MSD
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Dental Implants FAQ's

Q: What are Dental Implants?

A:  Dental implants are simply "anchors" that permanently support replacement teeth. They are secure and durable and can be cleaned and cared for much like your natural teeth.  The loss of just a single tooth can set a course that can destroy an entire mouth. Teeth will drift and tip into a space that is created by missing teeth. When you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown.

 


Q: How do you place a Dental Implant?

A:  The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth's root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.

 

Q: How long does it take to heal?

A:  Typically three months however there are some occasions where we would have to wait longer.

 

Q:  Am I too old for a dental implant?

A:  No.  Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.

 

Q:  Is the procedure painful?

A:  No.  An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants.  The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.