Frequently Asked Questions After Dental Implant Placement

What can I use for teeth while the implants heal?

Different people have different needs. While waiting for the implant to heal, which is a process that can take up to six months, there are different temporary or permanent solutions you can adopt. If you want a replacement tooth while waiting for the dental implants to heal, Dr. Uparika Sharma at Bellevue Azalea Dentistry can make a temporary bridge or temporary removable tooth for you. You can use other options, but it depends on your particular condition, which is why you need to consult your orthodontic specialist first.

What are the potential problems after dental implant surgery?

Many people are skeptical of dental implants because of the after-effects. It is normal to be worried about the potential issues and pains after implant placements as a human. However, this procedure is carried out by a professional, with chances of very little to no after-effects. The only thing is that some patients might experience pain after the procedure, which can be taken care of with pain medication and antibiotics. Many patients do not experience severe pains after implant surgery.

Another potential issue is post-operative infections, and additional antibiotic treatment would take care of that. Other potential but rare problems include pain, numbness, or tingling sensation in the lower jaw nerve. This issue can vanish on its own with time, but you should consider a specialist once you notice it after the implant placement.

How long will the dental implants last?

Dental implants are durable, and they last for a very long time. With regular flossing and brushing, the implant screw can last for a lifetime (if the patient goes for dental checkups every six months. Nevertheless, the crown can last for about 10 to 15 years before needing a replacement because of wear and tear. With adequate maintenance, the crown can last for up to 20 years or more.

When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant?

The replacement tooth is attached to the implant after the healing process is complete and the jawbone is bonded to it firmly. The healing process of the surgery depends on the individual. For some individuals, this process can take up to 6 months. Generally, the final replacement tooth is attached to the implant between three and nine months after the placement of the dental implants. However, the orthodontic specialist at Bellevue Azalea would determine the best time for the final replacement teeth to be attached after your tooth replacement treatment.

After replacing the missing tooth, how do I clean it?

Dental implants look and function like natural teeth. Hence, the cleaning process is no different. You need to clean the new teeth like your natural teeth. You need to floss and brush it regularly. Regular dental visits will also help with the maintenance of the teeth. You should visit your dentist at least two times a year.

Will one doctor do everything?

It depends on the severity of the case. Sometimes, different orthodontic specialists might help with your dental care. In some cases, one doctor can handle all the processes. Unlike a bone graft, this surgical process involves many steps.

How much does dental implant treatment cost?

There is no fixed price for dental implant treatment. The total cost of this treatment depends on the patients’ case, the number of implants required, and more.

How many teeth can be attached to an implant?

The specialist can place one implant at each end of the gap. The dental implants will support crowns, and the crowns can have one to three pontics between them. Hence, up to five teeth can be replaced by two dental implants. This is why this solution is ideal for both people with a single missing tooth and several missing teeth.

How long does the procedure take?

A dental implant is a lengthy procedure that involves many steps that can take a couple of months. As we said earlier, this process should only be carried out by a professional restorative dentist. Before you begin the procedure, you have to consult your dental care professional to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your dentist will schedule you for the implant. You can book an appointment with your orthodontist via the website or visit the office to do that.

The process might involve the removal of your damaged tooth that needs to be replaced. Regardless of the tooth or teeth affected, whether it is wisdom teeth, it can be replaced. After the initial procedure, your jawbone and the tissues surrounding it would need some time to heal correctly. The healing process can range from 6 to 12 weeks. During this period, your oral health professional will check the area of the surgery to make sure the implant dental is healed correctly and attach the new tooth.