FAQS About Dental Implants
Interested in getting dental implants Rigby, ID? Get all of your questions answered first.
Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace your missing tooth or teeth? Want to know more about implants before you decide whether you should sit down with our Rigby, ID, dentists Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen to discuss your tooth loss options? Here’s what most people want to know about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
These titanium posts are designed to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to do this our Rigby, ID, general dentist will need to place the implant into the jawbone where it will integrate with bone and tissue to provide a long-term support for a false tooth or teeth (often a dental crown).
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Any adult who is missing at least one tooth and is in good health could be a candidate for implants. In order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment you will need to come in for a consultation. Good candidates will:
- Be non-smokers
- Possess good oral and general health
- Not have any uncontrolled or unmanaged chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes)
- Not have a compromised immune system
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
- Be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene
Does getting an implant hurt?
No, the process should not be painful. After all, the implant is placed under local anesthesia and sometimes sedation so the area will be completely numb. Your dentist may also provide a pain reliever for any post-surgical pain you may experience.
What should I expect from the treatment process?
There are several steps involved in getting dental implants and it can take up to one year or more to place your implants based on how many you are getting and how long it takes your mouth to heal. During you evaluation we will be able to provide you with an estimate regarding the length of treatment.
Here are the steps involved:
- Placing the implant
- 3-6 months healing period where the implant and jawbone fuse together
- Placing the abutment (this structure connects the implant and false tooth together)
- Placing the permanent crown or dentures
How long do implants last?
With the proper care, implants can last several decades. In fact, many patients have had their implants for well over 40 years.
If you are living with tooth loss and want to find out if dental implants can turn your smile around then call Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID, today to schedule a consultation.