You’re here because you’re wondering what implants are and whether they’re right for you. Implants have been around for several decades, and the continuing advancements in implant dentistry have made them a great option for many patients. Studies conducted on long-term prognosis of implants have shown them to be reliable and long-lasting prosthetic options that will serve you for many years to come!
If you’ve been asking your friends and family, implants probably sound scary and painful. The thought of a metal screw being placed inside your bone would make anyone hesitate. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! Read on to learn more.
Dental implants can cause some discomfort during initial placement, but hurt a lot less than one would imagine. The bone where implants are placed do not have any pain receptors, so people don’t experience any pain from implant placement. In fact, any discomfort after the procedure actually comes from the healing of the gum tissues. There may be some initial inflammation once the implants are placed, but most symptoms go away within a week.
During your initial visit, we must first assess to see whether implants are an appropriate option for you. To be a good candidate for dental implants, a patient needs to have enough jawbone and healthy gum to support the fixture. A 3D x-ray will be taken to evaluate both the depth and width of the bone. If you don’t have enough support for an implant, you’re not out of luck: grafting or other procedures can be performed to provide more space for the implant.
A review of your medical history must also be performed to ensure that there are no contraindications for implant placement. If you happen to take bisphosphonates or are medically compromised, extra consideration is required when discussing implants as a viable treatment option. Feel free to call or visit to find out more.