' Dental Implants FAQs

When it comes to dental care, the dental industry has made many advancements. It is no longer about dentures and bridges. Now It is all about dental implants. At one point, for those with missing teeth, their only options were to either live without the teeth or get dentures or bridges. But now, with the advancements made in dental care, dental implants are an option.

What are dental Implants?

A dental implant is a titanium prosthesis inserted in your jawbone, and then your dentist will attach either partial or full dentures. Once the implant is attached to the bone, an abutment is attached to the implant. And then the false tooth is attached to the abutment.
The titanium implant fuses to your jaw, so you don’t have to worry about the implants slipping, or making any noise, or causing damage to your jaw bone.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Yes. This is not a new procedure, and with the advancements in technology, the technique is only getting better and better. Dental implants should only be implanted by a professional with experience.

Is it painful?

Not really. During the procedure, the dentist gives an anesthetic, so you shouldn’t feel anything during the operation. Afterward, you may feel some discomfort but not a lot. Your dentist will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers. Be sure to take all of the antibiotics and only take the painkillers as you need them.

Who can get them?

Typically the people who may want to look into getting dental implants are those that are: missing teeth, don’t smoke, and are in good health. You need good oral health and enough bone in your jaw to anchor the implant. You also need to have healthy gums and no periodontal disease.
If you meet the requirements and can commit to the process, then you probably can get dental implants.

What can I eat after the procedure?

Naturally, after any oral surgery, your mouth is going to be sore, and there will be things you can’t do. For the first two days after surgery, you should stick to liquids and soft foods.
These foods would be:

  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Pudding
  • Ice cream

After the first two days, eat soft foods. These would be foods that you don’t have to chew. Don’t eat anything crunchy or tough to chew. You also shouldn’t eat anything acidic or spicy for a least a week or two after surgery.

Will my insurance cover the procedure?

You will have to check with your insurance provider. Usually, your dental insurance will not cover your dental implants. Because the surgical procedure is becoming more common, some insurance companies have decided to cover some parts of the procedure. The only way to know for sure is to contact your insurance provider and ask about your dental insurance coverage. Make sure to do this before you decide to go through the procedure.

How long do they last?

Dental implants are made from titanium, so they can last a long time. But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take care of them. Your dentist will go over the proper way to clean and care for your dental implants. As long as you follow these guidelines, your dental implants should last for a long time

What are the cons of getting dental implants?

Getting dental implants may cause you to have more than one procedure. If you have a thin jaw bone, there won’t be enough bone to anchor the dental implant in your mouth. If it is not anchored properly, then it could make chewing very difficult. This means that in order to get the dental implant, you will have to get a sinus lift, wait for 5 to 10 months for the bone graft to graft properly and then get the dental implant.
Just like with any surgery, there are drawbacks. For most oral surgeries, there is always a chance of infection and inflammation, and some pain. This is rare, but it can still happen so you should speak to your dentist about any problems you are having after the implant.

What are the pros of dental implants?

A beautiful smile does wonders for a person’s confidence. Whether you have lost your teeth due to decay, an accident, or gum disease, dental implants can help you get your confidence back.
The implants can last for a long time, and they don’t decay. They will approve your appearance, and you can get back to eating the foods you love.
if you have any other questions about dental implants, contact Southland Dental Care for a consultation.

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