Clear Lake Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants have become a popular option for tooth replacement for those looking for a long-lasting and natural-looking solution. If you are considering dental implants, you may have some questions. Chances are, you’re not the first to ask, either! At Rosas Family Dentistry in Clear Lake, TX, Dr. Rosas and Dr. Budman are here to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
- What are dental implants?
Dental implants are restorations designed to act like artificial tooth roots. They’re usually made of a hypoallergenic, biocompatible material called titanium. Once installed into your bone, the implant permanently fuses into place and can support a crown, bridge, or denture on top of it. The implant itself only acts as the “root” of your new tooth.
- Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Generally, anyone who is missing one or more teeth and has enough healthy jawbone to support the implant can be a good candidate for dental implants. Our Clear Lake dentist will evaluate your oral health and medical history to determine if dental implants are the right option for you. Some medications and health conditions may contraindicate treatment. Additionally, implants are only for people whose mouths are fully developed (no children or young teens.)
- What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants offer many benefits, including improved speech, comfort, and the ability to eat and chew normally. They also provide a natural-looking and long-lasting solution for tooth replacement. Implants are the only restoration that models the function and appearance of natural teeth. In fact, they can support more weight than a healthy tooth. Cared for properly, implants can last for life.
- How long do dental implants last?
With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last a lifetime. However, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene and attend regular dental checkups to ensure the longevity of your implants. The leading cause of implant failure is a type of gum disease known as “peri-implantitis.” Be sure to brush and floss around your implants daily and see our Clear Lake dentist for regular checkups.
- Are dental implants painful?
No. The implant placement procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, so you should not feel any pain during the procedure. After the visit, you may experience some minor discomfort or swelling, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Most of our patients say that getting a dental implant is easier than having a tooth extracted.
- How long does it take to get dental implants?
The dental implant process can take several months, as it involves multiple stages, and the implant needs time to integrate with your bone. The length of the process can vary depending on the individual case and factors such as the number of implants needed and the patient’s healing time.
- Can dental implants be placed in one day?
In some cases, dental implants can be placed in one day using a technique called immediate load implants. This technique involves placing the implant and the dental restoration (such as a crown) on the same day. However, not all patients are good candidates for immediate load implants, and the procedure is delicate as the implants have not fully integrated yet. It is important to consult with a dentist in person to determine if this is a viable option for you.
- What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate, with over 98% of implant procedures being successful. Factors that can affect the success of dental implants include the patient’s oral health, the quality and quantity of bone in the jaw, and the patient’s overall health. The leading cause of implant failure is peri-implantitis.
- Can dental implants be used to replace multiple teeth?
Yes, dental implants can be used to replace multiple teeth at one time. Depending on the number of teeth missing, our Clear Lake dentist may recommend a dental bridge or denture that is supported by dental implants.
- How do I care for my dental implants?
Caring for dental implants is similar to that of natural teeth. It’s important to brush and floss regularly, attend regular dental checkups, and avoid chewing on hard objects that could damage your teeth.
At Rosas Family Dentistry in Clear Lake, TX, Dr. Rosas and Dr. Budman are experienced in placing dental implants and helping patients achieve a natural-looking and functional smile. If you have any additional questions about dental implants or are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact us today.