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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.
There is no reliable way to force the process of osseo-integration (healing of the bone around an implant) forward. There is a period of 3 months that must be observed prior to completing the implant with a crown.
You should be able to eat soon after the implant itself is initially placed. Similarly, once the crown is seated, you will be able to eat much more comfortably and functionally than they were previously able to eat with a missing tooth.
The process of restoring an implant with a crown begins once the implant body is fully integrated. Integration means that the implant body has been fully enveloped by surrounding bone and has become secure. As soon as the implant has fully integrated, the crown can be fabricated and seated. This process may take 2-3 weeks. From beginning to end, the entire process may take 4-6 months.
Once an implant is placed, it typically takes 3 months for it to fully integrate into the jawbone. During this time, patients have the option of using an interim partial to replace the tooth temporarily until the final crown is placed. Interim partials are typically used for front teeth, when aesthetics is a concern.
At the end of the implant process, you will have a brand-new crown! Modern dental crowns look so similar to real teeth that most people can’t tell the difference. All of our crowns are made by a professional local dental lab. They fabricate crowns out of zirconia, which is known for its durability and life-like aesthetics. The color shade of the tooth is carefully selected to match your other teeth.
There should be relatively little pain after a dental implant. General soreness in the immediate area of the implant may occur the day of implant placement and immediately afterward. After that, you should not have any pain in the area of the implant. If pain persists, contact your dentist.
Dental implants have several advantages over other tooth replacement options:
- Dental implants appear the most life-like and natural.
- The actual implant piece of the dental implant is made of titanium, a biocompatible metal.
- Dental implants are the most secure and stable.
- Dental implants prevent bone loss, keeping your jaw tissue healthy and preventing changes in the shape of your face.
- With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
There are risks associated with dental implants, as there are with any surgical procedure. Despite a high success rate, there is a slight chance of implant failure, typically within the first 1-2 months of implant placement. Aside from that, patients will need to be extra diligent in cleaning around the implant. We recommend that patients use a Waterpik, toothbrush and floss to ensure that the gums around the implant and the implant crown remain as clean as possible.