Dental Implant FAQ
At East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery we receive a lot of questions regarding implants - which is understandable. Dental implants are a commitment and it is always better to have an idea of what you are getting into before diving in. We believe you will be happy with the results implants can provide you and we will be answering the frequently asked questions we get asked.
What Are Dental Implants?
First, it is important to know what implants are. Implants are titanium alloy screws that are placed into the jawbone where then the prosthetic teeth, made of porcelain, are placed on the abutment.
Do Implants Last a Long Time?
Yes, implants can last you a lifetime with proper installation or good care. This is one of the reasons why they are highly regarded as a replacement for natural teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Because implants are surgically placed inside your jawbone, they essentially become a part of your jaw. After the first procedure of putting the implants in the jaw, it is allowed to fuse, resulting in a sturdy, permanent foundation for the prosthetic teeth that will then be placed on the abutment.
What does this all mean? It means that implants are a similar experience to having natural teeth. You do not have to worry about taking them out, you can clean them in a similar fashion to teeth, and they are practically aesthetically indistinguishable from teeth thanks to the high-quality materials used to create them.
What Do Implants Feel Like?
Based on the reported experiences of patients - implants will feel a bit strange at first, they are part of your jaw bone and thus you will be able to feel when you are chewing, but because none of the parts that make up implants have any nerves, you will not directly feel contact with them. The feeling from implants comes from the surrounding gum and bone, but the learning curve isn’t very steep. Once you get accustomed to your implants they will be something that feels natural.
How Long Does the Implant Process Take to Complete?
It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months for the implants to bond with the jawbone. After we have determined that you are ready for the next stage there will be another procedure that involves fitting you with the teeth themselves. One thing to be aware of is that if you don’t have available alveolar bone, then you may require bone grafting before you can receive implants which can take 3 to 12 months for the graft to bond with your original bones.
Schedule an Appointment With Us
If you would like to schedule an appointment with us or ask any questions at East Lyme Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery you can call us at (860) 934-7809. We want you to be happy with your smile!