Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants have helped to restore the smiles of countless people, but there are also many questions when it comes to what implants are all about. Here at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery, we want to make sure that you are well informed. That way you will be able to tell whether or not dental implants are the solution that you are looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Many people do not know much about dental implants. Here are some of the most common questions and their answers.
How do dental implants work?
In simplest terms, a dental implant will replace a natural tooth. We will implant a screw into your jaw, and that will become the new root system for the tooth. When that has healed, we will place a crown on top of the screw, and that will be your brand new tooth.
Do dental implants replace only one tooth?
Dental implants can be the perfect way to replace one tooth, but we can replace more than one tooth with implants if need be. We can also replace a mouthful of teeth using implants that are combined with other replacement methods.
How long do dental implants take?
There is no set answer to that question. Often there will not be enough bone in the jaw for the implant, and then we will need to start with a bone graft. That can take several weeks. After that, we will need several more weeks for the screw to set in the jaw. It is not uncommon for it to take several months from start until the patient receives the permanent crown, but it is worth it.
What is a bone graft and why is it needed?
When a tooth is lost, your jaw will start to lose bone. With a bone graft, we will use a small amount of bone and add it to your jaw to replace what has been lost.
Can I remove a dental implant if I receive one?
No, you cannot remove a dental implant. It will become a permanent part of your mouth.
Will it look like I have a fake tooth?
Not at all! Dental implants are made to look like a natural tooth. It will perfectly match the rest of your teeth in your mouth. No one will realize that it is not a natural tooth unless you choose to tell them.
How do I care for a dental implant?
A dental implant is created to be just like the rest of your teeth. That means that you will need to brush it after you eat. You will also want to floss your implant and the surrounding teeth at least once a day.
Give Your Oral Health a Boost
Dental implants can give you a healthier mouth and a more beautiful smile. Here at Nevada Facial and Oral Surgery, we think it is a good idea to get started as soon as possible because the process can take several weeks to months from start to finish. Call (702) 329-7554 so that we can see if you are a good candidate for dental implants.