A lot of dentists suggest dental implants to replace a missing tooth or many. However, not all patients are acquainted with dental implants and have many questions about the treatment and what to expect from the surgery.
Dr. Joe Bhat can happily answer all these questions and inform patients about many different aspects of dental implants. Losing a tooth can be a stressful experience and if left unreplaced, patients will experience jawbone loss over time. To maintain the health of their teeth, patients should replace missing teeth whenever possible. Dental implants offer a viable solution since they are stable and long-lasting.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that replace the roots of missing teeth. They are inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental practice.
After the implant has been embedded in the jawbone, a healing period follows. This period can last from a few weeks to several months. During this time, the dental implants fuse with the jawbone and grow around the bone tissue.
Temporary replacement teeth can be placed the same day dental implants are fixed, but permanent teeth are placed once the dental implants have fused completely. In some cases, patients can have new teeth within a few hours of the implant surgery.
How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
Dr. Joe Bhat can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all a patient’s natural teeth with implants. Patients do not even need one implant for every missing tooth. As few as two dental implants can support a removable lower denture, while as few as four implants can provide a full set of top or bottom teeth.
Are dental implants painful?
Most patients find implant surgery less painful than root canal treatment or tooth extractions. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with anti-inflammatory medication. However, anxious patients can discuss various sedation options prior to the operation with Dr. Joe Bhat.
Are dental implants expensive?
At the outset, dental implants appear more expensive than other tooth replacement treatments. However, they last many years longer and they are a long-term investment.