Dental Implants FAQ Raleigh NC

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

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What is an implant?

Dental implants are the ideal replacement method for missing teeth because they look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. They consist of three parts: a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone, an abutment that connects the implant to the crown, and the crown – the visible part that looks like a tooth.

How does the implant placement process work?

Dr. King begins by doing a complete work up of your medical records, dental history, oral examination and imaging including a Cone Beam CT. Once he’s able to formulate a treatment plan that ensures your health goals, esthetics and budgetary needs will be met, he schedules an extraction for the tooth in question. Usually, bone grafting is needed to provide a good platform for the implant. This common procedure requires several months of healing before the implant can be placed. Once the site is ready, you will undergo a 1-2 hour surgery, during which time the surgical site will be anesthetized to keep you comfortable. When the implant has been placed and covered with the surrounding soft tissue, it takes between 4-6 months for it to fuse with the bone. An abutment is placed on the implant after the osseointegration (implant fusion to bone) is complete. The abutment is the interface between the implant and the crown (the visible part of the tooth that you chew on). Finally, Dr. King will attach the carefully crafted screw retained or cement retained crown to the implant abutment and you will have a fully functioning tooth again.

Do dental implants hurt?

No! During the surgery, you won’t feel a thing because you will be properly anesthetized at all times. Most of our patients experience very little pain even after the surgery, and any discomfort can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. We will discuss any necessary prescriptions with you during your visit.

Do dental implants feel like real teeth?

Yes! Your dental implants will work in a similar manner to your natural teeth. The main difference between implants and real teeth is that they don’t have the periodontal ligament or “shock absorber” that real teeth have. Your new permanent teeth will allow you to eat all of the foods that you used to enjoy.

Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?

Our patients generally take anywhere from a few hours to a few days off of work depending on patient comfort level.

What are single-stage implants?

In some cases, we are able to place the implant and leave the soft tissue surrounding it as is. This allows us to avoid a second surgical procedure to uncover the dental implant during the abutment/restoration stage.

What if I am missing a lot of teeth?

If you are missing many teeth, implant-supported dentures are a solution that provides you with a full arch of prosthetic teeth that are attached to just a few implants. This option is great for those who need the quantity of teeth provided by a denture but don’t want the hassle associated with it.

What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?

Dental implants have been around for years and have a success rate of up to 98%. Continual improvements and discoveries are being made everyday. The risks are very low and closely resemble those of other minor surgical procedures – infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc. We recommend waiting to get an implant until after the jaw has finished growing and you’ve had straightening procedures, such as braces or Invisalign, done, because the implant’s fusion to the bone makes the tooth’s position relatively fixed.

How long do dental implants last?

Studies have shown that properly placed dental implants that are well cared for can last 25 years and longer. Success rates are now between 95-98% for most patients.

Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?

If the implant site is near the front of your mouth, we have a variety of temporary options, such as retainers, bridges and temporary crowns, to get you through the healing phase.

When will I have my permanent teeth?

Permanent restorations are placed anywhere from 4- 12 months after implant surgery, depending on your case.

How do I care for my implants?

Care for your implants just like you would your natural teeth: by brushing at least twice a day and flossing before you go to bed. If you take good care of them, they will take care of you!

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