Dental Implants FAQs
Dental implants and implant dentistry are some of the most exciting things to develop in the world of restorative dentistry. As your dentist in Washington, DC, L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts and Dr. Norkiewicz can offer our patients full dental implant treatments. To learn more about them and your oral health, we encourage you to enjoy these dental implants FAQs.
I have heard that implants are painful…is that true?
This is a key issue to include in our dental implants FAQs because it is such a fallacy. The treatment is done under traditional dental local anesthesia, and it is performed right in the office. It is not painful during the procedure, or afterward.
While you may have some mild tenderness, it is never painful or something that requires painkillers. Some light swelling may occur, but again, it is not painful. Most patients report surprising that all they took after the procedure were a few advil!
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I am missing a few teeth. Are dental implants an option?
Whether you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth or all of your teeth, dental implants are possible. We can replace a single tooth with a single dental implant and if you have multiple missing we can replace teeth span with a fixed bridge of dental implants.
If you are missing all your teeth implants can also help secure your full denture so that it cannot slip or move or fall out. There are many tooth replacement options available with implants. Even if you are missing teeth in the front, temporary teeth can be made on the implants while in the healing phase.
Is it a very long procedure?
The time required to place the implant will vary, but most patients have the entire treatment done in less than an hour’s time. Multiple implants will, naturally, take longer, but you will not be in the chair for an extended period when receiving an implant.
Dental Implants are expensive, How can I afford them?
Implant dentistry is not cheap, but most dental insurance companies do help pay for them now. Dental implants cost can be $2,000-5,000 a tooth depending on if you need the tooth extraction and bone graft as well as the implant. That is why we work with a financing company that offers 100% financing. Get pre-approved with Care Credit.
When will I know if it is a success?
This is another key issue in our dental implants FAQs because we want our patients to know that the success rate for implants is 95-98%. This is a remarkably high figure, and you will know if your treatment is a success very quickly. The gum and bone begin to heal within days, and if there are no problems, healing is completed in two to three months.
It is important to maintain good oral hygiene during the healing process. Brush and floss your natural teeth as normal.
How much dental care is needed after the process is done?
Once your dental implant is healed and your new dental crown and implant restoration is attached, you can treat the implant like your natural tooth. It has to be cleaned and flossed daily and you need to also come in for twice-annual cleanings and exams and maintain good oral hygiene.
Is it permanent?
The experts tell us that implants can last indefinitely, but many also say that you should expect nothing less than 30 to 40 years! The long term success of dental implants can be forever if well cared for with routine home care.
Contact Our Washington, DC Dentist to Learn More About Dental Implants
If these dental implants FAQs did not answer all of your questions, feel free to give us a call at our Washington, DC office at 202-488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our dental professionals will get back to you promptly.
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