Have you had a dental defect that’s been bothering you for years? Or maybe you’ve lost a tooth. No matter the problem, what most patients like you hope for is a solution that’s permanent and strong. Fortunately, that’s where dental implants enter the picture. But it’s only natural for you to have questions. So today, we’re here with answers.
What’s the dental implant procedure involve?
Before your dentist will do anything for your implant, the first step is usually to take a CT scan to get a fuller picture of your entire mouth, jaw, and dental structure. A primary goal here is to ensure that your jaw has enough strength to support an implant, while also making sure there won’t be any complications. Next, the actual implants are installed. What many don’t realize however is that the implants are actually special titanium posts, or “fixtures”. These eventually fuse with your bone itself – making implants nearly as strong as your natural teeth. The “teeth” themselves are essentially a crown that fits over the fixture and other parts of the implant.
When the procedure is done, our fountain valley dentists use advanced technology to pinpoint the positioning and ensure that the implant will be a success and nobody will know the difference. Once the fixtures are installed into your jaw – the “teeth” themselves are added. This often happens over the course of a couple dental visits, but same-day implants are becoming more and more common across the country.
How long does it take to heal?
For most patients, the average healing time for a dental implant is about three weeks. Though it’s important to remember that this isn’t a hard and fast rule. For some patients, an implant could take months to heal. Fortunately, if this is the case, it probably won’t be a surprise. Usually, when patients experience a longer healing time it’s because of an underlying condition our dentists will be well aware of. Common factors that influence healing time could include jaw health, medication, and tobacco use.
How much is a dental implant?
For most patients, this is the most important factor – and it needs to be weighed against a number of other considerations. Dental bridges might be cheaper – but they certainly won’t last as long. But the location of the tooth, your history as a patient, and your lifestyle will all play an important role in your decision. On average, dental implants can be as inexpensive as $1,000, but they can also be much more expensive. This all depends on your individual situation.
Fortunately, as technology advances – implants are only getting more affordable, while many dental insurance providers offer coverage for a portion of the procedure.
Have a question of your own? Our dentists are here to help. Contact us today to learn more.