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8 Need-to-Know Answers About Dental Implants: Which Ones Are Right for You?

If you are a candidate, dental implants can restore your smile in a single day. They will look, feel, and function like normal teeth, but you won’t have to worry about them falling out. If you care for them with regular brushing and flossing, they can last you a lifetime.

Which dental implants are right for you?

Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery offers three types of dental implants. Here is what you need to know when choosing dental implants. 

Single tooth replacement

If you’ve lost a tooth or have a badly damaged tooth that needs to be removed, we can replace it with a single tooth implant. Once we remove the tooth and insert a titanium implant into your jawbone, you will have a new crown in about six weeks. The waiting period is to allow the implant to fuse to your jawbone; in the meantime you will have a healing cap over your implant.

Multi-tooth implants with fixed bridges

Rather than having multiple single tooth replacements, this fixed bridge can replace many teeth on as little as two implants. This approach simplifies your surgery and has a short healing time than a one-to-one implant procedure.

All-On-4® prosthesis

When you need a brand new set of teeth, this procedure offers a full arch of custom-crafted prosthetic teeth that can attach to four implants. While you heal from the surgery, we can affix a temporary prosthesis soon after your implant procedure.

Need-to-know answers about dental implants

Here are the top eight things you need to know before getting dental implants.

  1. Dental implants have a 95 percent success rate in healthy patients who practice good oral hygiene. Proper home care like brushing and flossing and regular professional maintenance will keep your new teeth healthy throughout your life.
  2. Dental implants are different from dentures. They are permanently affixed to your jawbone and cannot be removed except by a dentist.
  3. Titanium posts are surgically attached to your jawbone during an implant surgery. Once bonded to your bone, these posts are then used to keep the artificial teeth in place.
  4. Dental implants have the potential to last a lifetime because they are not vulnerable to dental disease or tooth decay. When you practice good oral home care, along with regular professional check-ups and cleaning, your prosthetic teeth will stay strong and stable.
  5. Getting a tooth pulled is harder than getting a dental implant placed. Implants require much less force, pressure and trauma to the implant patient.
  6. Dental implant surgery can be done in the dental office under local anesthesia. You will not need to go to the hospital. These procedures have a very high success rate and require only a short healing time.
  7. Dental implant surgery takes between 30 to 60 minutes. This depends largely on the number of implants being affixed to your jawbone.
  8. Yes, eating is easy. Because dental implants are anchored to your jawbone, you don’t need to worry about your prosthetic teeth slipping, sliding or falling while you’re eating. Once your implants are completely healed, your new teeth will function like normal teeth.

To learn more about our single- and multi-tooth dental implants, prosthetic teeth or our All-On-4® dental implants, contact the team at Innovative Implant and Oral Surgery. Call 215-322-7810 to get started.