Your Fitchburg Dentist Answers the Top 15 Dental Implant FAQs

dental implantsMany of our patients at Watkin Dental Associates come to us with the same questions about dental implants, so we’ve collected our answers together in one easy FAQ! If you have additional questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace the root of a missing tooth. It serves as a foundation for a replacement tooth or bridge.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Most people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth are good candidates for dental implants. However, individuals with certain health conditions or who have experienced significant bone loss in their jaw may not be eligible for the procedure.

How long does the dental implant procedure take?

The dental implant procedure typically takes several months. This includes the initial consultation, the surgical placement of the implant, and the healing process. The length of time can vary depending on the individual case.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Most patients report little to no pain during the dental implant procedure. The area is numbed with local anesthesia, and sedation options are available for those who are anxious about the procedure.

How long do implants last?

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution for missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, they can last a lifetime.

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The success rate of dental implants is very high, with over 95% of implants being successful. However, certain factors such as smoking and poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of implant failure.

Can dental implants be used to replace multiple missing teeth?

Yes, dental implants can be used to replace multiple missing teeth. A dental implant-supported bridge or denture can be used to replace several teeth or even a full arch of teeth.

How do I care for my dental implants?

Caring for implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential to maintaining the health of your implants.

How much do dental implants cost?

The cost of implants can vary depending on several factors, including the number of implants needed, the complexity of the case, and the location of the dental practice. Our office can provide you with an estimate after a consultation.

Does insurance cover the cost of dental implants?

Most dental insurance plans do not cover the full cost of dental implants. However, our office can work with your insurance provider to determine your coverage and help you explore financing options.

What is the recovery time after dental implant surgery?

The recovery time after dental implant surgery can vary depending on the individual and the complexity of the case. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within a few days, but it may take several months for the implant to fully integrate with the jawbone.

Can I get dental implants if I have gum disease?

If you have gum disease, it will need to be treated before you can get dental implants. Gum disease can weaken the jawbone and increase the risk of implant failure, so it is important to have a healthy foundation for the implant.

What happens if a dental implant fails?

If a dental implant fails, it may need to be removed and replaced. Your dentist will evaluate the situation and discuss your options with you.

Are there any food restrictions after getting dental implants?

After getting implants, it is recommended to avoid hard, crunchy, or sticky foods for a period of time to allow for proper healing. Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions for your individual case.

Can smoking affect the success of dental implants?

Yes, smoking can increase the risk of implant failure. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and weaken the bone structure around the implant. It is recommended to quit smoking before and after the dental implant procedure.