Q: How do I know if I am a candidate for dental implant treatment?
A: Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and is in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are a few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes. However, there are a few conditions that would keep someone from having implant treatment altogether.
Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amounts of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add or create new bone. Advances in the type of treatment have made it possible for thousands who would not previously have been considered candidates to have successful implant procedures.
Q: How painful is getting dental implants?
A: Most of our patients report that they feel very little, if any, pain during procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain medications afterwards. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.
Given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your dentist is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.
During the treatment, you can listen to music on headphones, and you can relax with soothing nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, if preferred. Also, if you are especially fearful, phobic or pain sensitive you have the option of doing the procedures with sedationdentistry. If you are a candidate for sedation you take a small pill before you come into the office and you rest peacefully as we do our work. With this option you remember little to nothing about the procedure the next day, and we can comfortably get more work done that visit.
Q: How long will it take to complete the treatment?
A: You will notice a difference almost immediately. However, the entire process can take anywhere between 3-12 months to complete. This depends on the type and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed.
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