Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements. A metal post (the implant) is surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. An ‘abutment’ cap sits on the top of the implant post. The prosthetic tooth is attached to the abutment and post.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental implants are a more permanent way of replacing teeth. The implants sit in a fixed position, never moving, which provides maximum comfort and consistency of function. Dentures, on the other hand, can move around in the mouth and be uncomfortable. Also, dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
Who is qualified to place my dental implants?
An implantologist, a periodontist or an oral surgeon can place implants for you. After the implant is in place, a restorative dentist can affix your prosthetic tooth to your implant.
Will getting my dental implants be painful?
No, you will not feel pain during the procedure because you will be under local anesthesia. After the procedure, the implant site will be sore, but you will receive instructions and medication to help alleviate the discomfort.
How long will it be before I can return to work?
Usually, patients can return to work the very next day. We will be happy to discuss the details of your post-op, at-home care plan.