Here at Park Place Dental Centre, we know that our patients may have important questions about dental implants and how they work. That is why we compiled this list of frequently asked questions. After reading this page, if you still have additional questions, please feel free to give our office a call and our friendly staff will do their best to provide you with the answers you seek.
Dental implants are a natural-looking tooth replacement option that uses a small titanium tooth root attached permanently to your jawbone. Once the artificial root or fixture has healed, it will support a natural-looking and highly functional new tooth.
Your first step to answering this question should be to schedule a consultation at Park Place Dental Centre. This initial exam will allow you and Dr. Svoboda to explore all your options and determine if dental implants are a good tooth replacement treatment option for you.
Only a properly trained dental implants provider can ensure that your dental implants are correctly placed and that they last for many years. Although many professionals can place dental implants, patients should be sure they research their provider before choosing to use them. For more information about selecting a provider, please see our page on Choosing A Dental Implants Provider.
The dental implants placement procedure is usually done under local anesthesia in your dentist’s office, in much the same way as a filling. Once the anesthesia takes effect, most patients feel little or no discomfort.
Since there are no open wounds with dental implant surgery, healing is usually relatively quick. Patients can expect minor discomfort. However, this can usually be managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or a prescription pain killer from your doctor.
This will depend on the number and location of your implants. On average, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour per implant.
We recommend that patients avoid exposing the surgical site to pressure immediately after the surgery. Patients can usually eat soft, nutritious foods, once the pain medication has worn off. Patients should be sure to stay well hydrated and chew away from the implant site until the area is fully healed.
The dental implant process usually takes between two to nine months, depending on your specific treatment plan. Supplemental procedures or getting multiple implants at the same time may add extra time to the healing process.
Once your dental implant has fused to your jawbone successfully, it should last many decades if cared for properly. Many implants have now been in place for more than 40 years. In general, the durability of your implants will depend on the implants you choose, where in your mouth the implants are located, and how you care for them.
This will depend on the patient, along with how many implants are needed, your geographical location, and the provider you choose. Dental implants can be a bit more expensive than other options, but since they last so much longer, over time they can be more cost-effective.
Because they are an elective procedure, dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance plans if there is a cheaper alternative. As they become more commonplace, however, more plans are starting to cover them. Your dentist may offer different payment plans to ensure you get the treatment you need to replace missing teeth, regardless of your insurance coverage.
There is no age limit for dental implants if the patient is willing, their oral tissues are adequate, and they have good oral hygiene. Please feel free to peruse our page on Dental Implant Candidacy for more information on what makes a good candidate for dental implants.
If you are considering dental implants, we encourage you to get the answers you need at Park Place Dental Centre. In just a few short office visits, we can examine your teeth and help you determine if dental implants are a good option for your needs and your budget. So if you live in or around the Brampton, ON area, call us to get started on your journey to a beautiful smile today.
Dr. Emil Svoboda
110 Queen Street East
CAN L6V 1B1
Monday: 9AM – 8PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 8PM
Thursday: 9AM – 8PM
Friday: 9AM – 5PM
Saturday: 9AM – 5PM