A dental implant is basically a new root which we can then build teeth on. We can attach new crowns or even dentures and partials to them. They cannot get tooth decay but do require cleaning and maintenance like real teeth.
There is often a concern that pain will be associated with the implant process. However, one of the most amazing things about implants is that the body actually accepts the implant as if it belongs. This means that the pain response isn’t nearly as bad as you might assume. Most patients report less pain than when having a tooth extracted.
If you are a candidate (determined by a consult and special radiography), the process is usually done in two steps.
Step 1: Placement – easier than having a tooth removed and virtually no pain by the second day. Most patients will take some medication like Advil but it is short lived. Our team will explain in detail all the steps so you feel comfortable. If your case is complex will also work with local specialists to help get you the care you require.
Step 2: Restoration – this can occur anywhere from 4 to 6 months after step 1, depending on the degree of complexity. Now the bone has healed around the new roots so they are ready to be used for function and esthetics.
Special parts are attached to the roots depending on the type of restoration you require. This can also cause changes in price.