Dental Implant FAQs

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Dental implants are a great option for patients looking to regain their smile and eat the foods they love without having issues chewing. Below are some frequently asked questions about dental implants to give you the information you need. 

Q: What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts, usually made from titanium, that fit directly into the jaw bone under the gums. The implant is then covered with a crown to mimic regular teeth. Dental implants are inserted during a minor procedure in a dental office to help patients enjoy a full smile and comfortably eat and chew food without pain.  

Q: Why do patients choose to get dental implants?

Dental implants are a natural-looking and feeling solution for missing teeth. Dental implants help maintain a healthy jawbone, keeping your facial structure intact. Other tooth replacement options can be uncomfortable, fall out of place or click when eating or talking, and are more complex.  

Q: Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Most patients experience minimal to no pain during the dental implant procedure since local anesthetics are used to numb the area. Post-operative pain and discomfort are likely, but it can most often be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and periodic icing.

Q: How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?

The dental implant process starts with an evaluation and consultation to determine a treatment plan. From there, your procedure and total treatment time will depend on your needs, dental and medical history, the health of your jawbone, and other factors; every patient is different. The entire process of diagnosis, inserting the dental implant, and getting it crowned and finalized can take days, months, or even years, depending on your individual condition.  

Q: How do you care for dental implants?

Dental implants, once healed, are just like regular teeth. They can and should be brushed, flossed, and cleaned just like the rest of your teeth. They should also be checked and cared for with regular cleanings and checkups from your dentist. Though the tooth itself will never decay, the gum tissues around them are still susceptible to inflammation and infections, so good oral hygiene is still essential.  

If you’re looking to get dental implants, schedule an appointment with the expert dentists at Fairfield Dental Arts!

Whether you’re looking for single tooth implants or full mouth dental implants, our dentists at Fairfield Dental Arts are here for you. We are committed to providing you with a pleasant experience as our highly-skilled team works to make your beautiful smile complete. Contact us on our website or give us a call at 203-254-3780 to schedule an appointment.
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