Frequently asked questions about dental implants
Despite dental care improvements, many suffer tooth loss – often it is caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury. If you are thinking about getting a dental implant, you probably have a lot of questions. So we have put together the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a metal post replacing the root of your missing tooth. A crown will be attached to the dental implant creating a realistic-looking artificial tooth.
How painful is getting a dental implant?
One of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants is how painful it is.
Dental implantation is now a routine procedure performed under local anaesthesia. As a result, the surgery is completely painless, and most patients only feel dull pressure during the procedure.
All in all, you will only feel minimal discomfort if any.
How long does a dental implant procedure take?
There are many factors that determine the length of a dental implant procedure. These include:
- Your dental health
- The number of teeth involved
- If you need tooth extraction before the surgery
The entire procedure usually takes 3-9 months. It can be longer if you need bone grafts.
Can you get dental implants while pregnant?
Yes, it would be possible, but it is risky. Since the procedure requires pain relief, antibiotic treatment and x-rays, it may be better to wait until after your delivery and breastfeeding.
Are dental implants safe?
Dentists have used dental implants for many years now. Dental implants are sophisticated devices, and the technology continues to advance. Professionals in this field are also highly trained. Dental implants are the best and most reliable ways to replace your missing teeth.
How strong are dental implants?
Dental implants are reliable and durable means to replace your missing teeth. The screw-in post and connector piece are made of titanium. It is one of the most durable metals around.
When and what can I eat after dental implant procedure?
In the first hours, do not consume solid foods at all until the anaesthesia is over. Later, depending on the type of implantation, the implant can only be loaded following the advice of your dentist. Foods that require hard, intense chewing and biting should be avoided for as long as possible.
To prevent damaging your implant, avoid the following foods for the first couple of weeks after your surgery:
- Crunchy foods
- Tough foods, such as some fruits and vegetables
- Chewy foods
- Sticky foods
- Acidic foods
- Spicy foods
- Very hot foods and drinks
Can you have dental implants if you smoke?
If you are smoker, you have to quit before your dental implant surgery and the recovery period. Heavy smoking and poor oral hygiene mean that you will not be a good candidate for dental implant treatment. It is best to quit smoking altogether.