What You Need to Know Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are little posts surgically implanted into the jawbone to hold a bridge, crown, or denture in place. They can also be referred to as a manufactured tooth "root" implanted in your mouth to support a dental prosthetic such as a crown, denture, or bridge.

The implants are fixed to the jaw and provide a stable, long-lasting framework for replacement teeth that look and feel more natural. Here are a few things you need to know before deciding to get these implants:



Who Qualifies for Dental Implants?


If you have any one of these, then you qualify for dental implants:

  • One or more missing teeth.
  • A strong jaw to support the dental implants or if your jaw can have a jaw graft.
  • Healthy oral tissues.
  • Inability or unwillingness to wear dentures.
  • No underlying conditions that will interfere with healing.
  • A fully developed jaw bone.
  • You do not smoke tobacco.



Risks


There are several risks associated with getting dental implants. They include:

  • It is possible to get an infection where the implant is.
  • Nerve damage leading to pain and numbness to your other natural teeth.
  • Injury or damage to surrounding teeth.



How Painful Are Dental Implants?


Most people have said that they experienced little discomfort during the procedure because of local anesthesia. Afterward, it is normal to experience mild soreness, which can easily be treated by regular pain medication.



How Long Does It Take to Heal?


Healing time depends on the implant used. There are three types of implants: endosteal, subperiosteal, and zygomatic. Endosteal is the safest and uses screw-like shaped placeholder posts and takes four to six months to heal.

In subperiosteal, a metal frame goes under the gum with a post and false teeth attached. It usually takes one to three months to heal. Zygomatic is the most complicated because the implant is set on the cheekbones. It can take two to four or even 12 months to heal.

Additionally, getting dental implants is a process. It may take several visits to get them, which may affect the time it takes to heal. Also, some circumstances may lengthen healing time, such as if your jaw has to be grafted.



Care for Dental Implants


Dental implants are just like your regular teeth. You take care of them just as you do with your regular teeth. However, you need to make sure you clean under your replacement teeth and have frequent checkups.



How Long Can They Last?


Dental implants are not like regular teeth. They are not vulnerable to some diseases or tooth decay. If properly installed and well taken care of, they can last for a long time.



How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?


Each patient is unique, and numerous factors can influence pricing. Therefore, you should consult your dentist to advise whether your dental insurance policy will cover this procedure.

For more information on dental implants, visit Ironwood Dental Care at our office in Queen Creek, Arizona. You can also call 480-712-8580 to book an appointment today.