Dental Implant Frquently Asked Questions – Tallahassee, FL
Answers to Common
Questions About Dental Implants
Many, many people are interested in getting dental implants to replace their missing teeth, but they’re full of questions. If this includes you—great! Just considering this treatment is a huge step forward and shows that you are taking your oral health seriously. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the dental implant frequently asked questions our team receives every day. For questions that haven’t been touched on here, be sure to give us a call and ask!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gums’ surface to recreate the root structure of a missing tooth. It is then used to provide support for a new crown, bridge, or denture that shows above the gum line.
Are dental implants better than traditional bridges/dentures?
The answer to this really depends on the patient and their specific situation, but side by side, dental implants offer the most natural-looking, secure, and reliable tooth replacement compared to every other treatment. If a patient is a good candidate for them, Dr. Rasmussen always highly recommends implants.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
This can vary depending on a patient’s oral health and how many teeth they would like to replace. Simple cases that involve a single tooth can often be completed in four to six months, while more complicated ones that include replacing several teeth with a denture may take closer to a year. To learn what your particular timeline will be like, we need to see you for an in-person consultation.
What is the dental implant procedure like?
You’ll first undergo an exam from Dr. Rasmussen where he’ll evaluate your mouth and jawbone to make sure you’re healthy enough for the treatment. If you are, at a follow-up appointment, he’ll surgically place the new roots into your jawbone. After a period of healing (which can range from a few weeks to several months), your new teeth will be attached to the roots. While you’re healing, you’ll wear a temporary set of restorations.
Does getting dental implants hurt?
Most patients describe feeling very little during the placement procedure thanks to local anesthetic, though a little soreness and swelling is common afterward. This can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and will quickly subside, and most patients are able to resume their normal routine within a few days.
How much do dental implants cost?
Because dental implants can be used to replace any number of teeth, the cost of the procedure is always different from patient to patient. Typically, the more implants that are needed, the higher the price will be. To learn what you’ll be expected to pay, we need to see you for an in-person consultation first.
Why should I visit a periodontist to get dental implants?
Periodontists like Dr. Rasmussen have received training specifically dedicated to placing dental implants, unlike many general dentists. When you visit Dr. Rasmussen, you can trust he has performed whatever procedure you need countless times before and already used it to help innumerable patients recover their missing teeth. He’s also able to provide many advanced services that will make the treatment process faster, more comfortable, and more successful.