Dental implants are increasing in popularity because of the many positive effects they have on your dental hygiene and quality of life. With this popularity brings many questions about the procedure, the benefits, cost, and the associated risks involved with dental implant surgery. This article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions so you can have a better understanding of the entire process of dental implants.
1. What are dental implants?
Dental implants are an option to replace a broken or missing tooth. It serves as a root by bonding to the jaw bone after implementation. Normally, the dental implant is made of titanium and has a cylindrical structure. Additionally, to the titanium post, a connector is also attached to the implant to aid in bonding.
2. What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implant surgery is growing in popularity because of the vast benefits it provides. Some of these benefits include improved comfort, better smile and appearance, stronger ability to chew food, and prevention of bone loss. Dental implants can be used for either or both health and cosmetic benefits. They can benefit people of any age who suffer from missing or weak teeth and those who have oral health problems.
3. Is it a painful procedure?
Many patients say that dental implant surgery is not a painful procedure and in some cases even less painful than a tooth extraction. There are minor side effects that occur after the surgery such as swelling and bleeding from the gums, tenderness and slight pain in the location of the implant. Your dentist may recommend an antibiotic or pain medication for relief.
4. How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, dental implants can last your entire life. They are designed to bond with the bone and last long term. There is a risk that the implant can break or fracture, or in rare cases, not bond with the bone in an appropriate amount of time. In this case, it is possible that the dental implant will not last long term.
5. How long does it take to completely heal after the procedure?
A complete healing occurs when the implant is fully integrated with the bone. This can take up to two or three months. After the integration is complete, a crown will be placed on the implant for further protection. Immediately after the procedure, you may experience slight swelling and tenderness for a few days. This is a normal part of the integration process as the implant bonds to the bone.
6. What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have a very high success rate of up to 98%. Implants have been practiced for decades and with continuing innovation, the success rate is growing. They are so successful because they do not cause damage to the bone or other teeth but rather help or cure the problem. Additionally, another reason for long-term success rate is because the materials used for dental implants have been proven to not decay over time.
7. How much will it cost?
It is no secret that dental implants are expensive and often not covered by insurance. Even though dental implants have ample health benefits, they are mainly categorized as cosmetic dentistry. Depending on the number and location of implants, the price in Canada can range from $1200 – $1700 per tooth. Prices vary based on the dental practice and the materials used. During your initial consultation, it is recommended that you speak about all associated costs with your dentist to ensure that you are not surprised by the final bill.