Dental Implants FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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Do dental implants hurt?

The dental implant placement surgery is pain-free. The area will be numb and you may choose anesthesia to help you relax. After surgery, the anesthesia will start to wear off, during which time you may experience some discomfort. Most patients are able to control the pain with over-the-counter medications.

Can I eat anything with a dental implant?

Yes! You can eat anything with a dental implant that you would with a natural tooth.

How long can dental implants last?

With good dental hygiene, a healthy lifestyle and proper dental care; dental implants can last decades and, for many, a lifetime.

How long does the process take?

The entire process can take between 10 weeks and 12 months, and is dependent on your need for bone grafting and the complexity of your case.

How much do dental implants cost?

Dental implants are generally seen as a good investment as they last 2-3 times longer than a bridge or denture.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Most adults in good health are great candidates for dental implants.

Are there risks associated with dental implant surgery?

Dental implants have a success rate up to 98%. Risks are very minimal, but just as with any surgery, they do exist, and can include: infection, injury to adjacent teeth, loss of implant, etc.

How much work will I miss for dental implant surgery?

Most of our patients take the remainder of the day off following surgery, but can return to work on the next day or two.

Will I be sent home the same day as surgery with teeth?

For teeth at the front of the mouth, we can provide you with a temporary aesthetic option to last through the healing phase.

Do dental implants require special care?

No! Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth do: brushing, flossing and regular dental hygiene appointments.

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