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?
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?
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