Dental Implant FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
Dr. Solich, you dentist in Colorado Springs, and his team are proud to serve Monument, Castle Rock, Pueblo, and the surrounding areas, as well. At our office, we can replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Colorado Springs. Contact us now for your smile consultation to find out if this solution is right for you!
What are Dental Implants?
Simply put, a dental implant is an oral prosthesis that takes the place of a missing tooth. What distinguishes a dental implant from other tooth replacement options is the fact that an implant substitutes for the root and crown of your missing tooth. A titanium post is surgically embedded in your jaw—that’s the root. Then, a crown, bridge or denture is attached via an abutment—that’s the crown, or visible portion of your tooth.
Does Getting an Implant Hurt?
Not at all. If you’ve ever had a cavity filled or a dental crown placed, then you’ll do just fine. Dr. Solich anesthetizes the site before getting to work. During the procedure, you may feel some pressure, but there won’t be any pain.
How is a Dental Implant Placed?
The entire process is meticulously planned in advance. With the aid of digital x-rays, the dental implant is precisely placed in your jaw in order to take advantage of the greatest bone density. Each implant is strategically positioned along the jaw in order to give you the most stable anchor for your new tooth restoration.
What Happens After Surgery?
You may notice some discomfort for a day or two after surgery. Most patients find that over-the-counter pain relievers are helpful. You may also want to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the implant has been placed. And soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, mashed potatoes, eggs, and pasta are recommended for a couple of days.
How Long Does Healing Take?
Depending on how many implants have been placed, healing can take anywhere from three to six months. During this time, the implants and surrounding bone tissue fuse together to form a secure anchor for your eventual tooth restoration. This process is called osseointegration, “osseo” meaning bone and “integration” meaning “to make whole.”
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
The upfront cost of dental implants is more than other types of tooth replacement. However, you really shouldn’t consider cost alone when trying to decide whether dental implants are right for you. First, did you know that a dental implant could last a lifetime? With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, dental implants are meant to last for decades.
On the other hand, dentures will eventually need to be relined as your gum ridge shrinks. Ultimately, dentures need replacement, too, which can make them more expensive than dental implants over time. You must also consider the fact that dental implants help to prevent jawbone deterioration. Each implant stimulates healthy new bone tissue growth in your jaw, so you are better able to maintain a full and attractive facial structure. No other tooth replacement can do that.