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Top 5 Most Common Questions About Dental Implants

If you have recently lost a tooth, you may already be thinking about getting dental implants.

In order to help you decide whether or not these are right for you, we have put together this helpful guide to answer a few of the common questions that we get about dental implants from the patients at our clinic.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root which is embedded in the bone where a tooth used to be so that a replacement tooth can be securely fitted into the mouth. The implant provides a foundation for the replacement tooth which is strong enough to handle the pressure and friction put on teeth by daily wear and tear.

While partially cosmetic, a dental implant also keeps the overall shape of the teeth on either side of the missing one from changing or settling over time, which can lead to oral health complications in the future. For patients who are healthy, it is a routine, low-risk procedure. You can learn more about what to expect during the procedure and aftercare here.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

1.Who can get dental implants? — If you have lost a tooth, getting it replaced sooner rather than later is extremely important, not only for self confidence but also for the overall health of your mouth. When deciding whether or not to get dental implants, talk to your dentist, who will perform an initial consultation along with x-rays to determine the viability of the procedure. Checking for any remnants of the original tooth and ensuring your jaw is healthy and thick enough for implants will be important considerations. In some cases, if your jaw is too thin, bone grafting will be required beforehand.

2.How long does the process take?
— Before the replacement tooth can be put in place, the dental implant itself will need to be set into the patient’s jaw and given time to heal. It may take several months for the jaw to heal properly before the procedure can continue.

3.Is it expensive? — Many insurance policies will cover dental implants. If you have any concerns about being able to cover the procedure, speak to your insurance provider and dentist during the consultation period. If you don’t have insurance, you can learn more about our dental financing options here.

4.Are there any risks? — Dental implant surgery is a relatively low-risk procedure, though caution during the healing process is vital to ensuring it is successful.

5.Are there any potential complications after the surgery? — Throughout the process of getting your dental implants, your dentist will regularly check to ensure everything is going smoothly. Following the operation, you will be required to have regular checkups to make sure your new teeth are secure in your mouth and there is no infection or bleeding.

If you are wondering whether dental implants are right for you, book a consultation with one of your local dentists in Red Deer today.

To book your next consultation, call Parkland Mall Dental at 403-342-1118 or use our online contact form. We are accepting new patients, so please don’t hesitate to ask how we can help you.