Here at Weston Dental Specialists, we believe that you should understand all the facts about dental implants so that you can make the best decisions about your dental health goals. To help you better understand these goals, our knowledgeable staff has compiled a list of the commonly asked questions about dental implants. Continue reading to learn all the answers to your questions about this amazing tooth replacement option.
1) What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option that is based upon an artificial tooth root and a natural-looking replacement tooth.
2) I have multiple teeth missing, can I still get implants?
Dental implants are a good option for patients regardless of whether they are missing one or multiple teeth. We suggest that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Alwazzan to see if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Alternatively, you can see our Dental Implant Candidacy page for more information.
3) Does getting dental implants hurt?
Most patients say that the process for getting dental implants is less painful than having a tooth extracted. During the placement of your fixture piece, anesthesia is administered so that you will feel very little pain. After your procedure, pain can usually be well managed with over the counter pain medications like Advil or Aleve.
4) How much do dental implants cost?
The cost of dental implants can vary based upon geographical location, type of implant, how many implants are needed and if any supplemental procedures are needed. Supplemental procedures add time and additional expense. After your consultation, we will provide you with a written estimate that will detail the complete and specific costs of your procedure. Please see our Cost & Financing page for more details.
5) How does Dr. Alwazzan determine what makes a good candidate for dental implants?
Each patient needs to be examined by Dr. Alwazzan before it can be determined whether they are a good candidate for dental implants. However, good candidates for dental implants usually have one or more missing teeth, good bone and tissue density, and decent overall health. For more information, please see our page on Dental Implant Candidacy.
6) What is bone grafting?
Sometimes patients do not have enough bone density in their jaw for a successful dental implant procedure. Luckily, patients can get a procedure called a bone graft to supplement the bone tissue in their jaw. Once you have healed from this simple in-office procedure, your jawbone will be stronger and better prepared to firmly hold your dental implant. Please see our page on Supplemental Procedures for more information on bone grafting.
7) I am in my late 60’s. Is there an age limit for getting dental implants?
There is no age requirement for dental implants as long as the patient is healthy, has good oral hygiene, and sufficient bone density in the jaw.
8) How long does the whole dental implants process take?
The entire dental implant process time from start to finish depends on the individual patient, their health, and whether supplemental treatments are necessary. Generally speaking, most patients take 3-6 months for the entire process including healing. Supplemental procedures could possibly add 3-6 additional months to the healing time.
9) How do I get started?
Your first step is to schedule a consultation. This will give us a chance to examine your mouth, teeth, and jawbone. X-rays and CAT scans may also be taken so that we can create an individualized treatment plan. After this appointment, we will provide you with a written estimate and allow you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable with the dental implant process.
Weston Dental Specialists has been offering superior dental implants for many years now. If you would like more information, check out our infosite to learn more about the dental implants or financing options for your new smile. There is no better time to start than now. We proudly serve patients in the Weston, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Newton, Wellesley, Wayland, Natick, and Sudbury, MA areas, so give us a call today to schedule a consultation.
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