Choosing the right smile restoration is a major decision that will impact your life for years to come. At Mid-Valley Dental Care, we appreciate how much of an investment implant dentistry is. For your convenience, we’ve compiled these answers to questions we frequently hear from our own patients regarding dental implants. Please give us a call if you have any remaining questions or concerns. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to speak with you..
Is it painful to get dental implants?
Your recovery from implant surgery will involve some bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. These side effects typically go away within the first 72 hours following your implant surgery. It’s important to follow all your aftercare instructions and if you have any concerns about your recovery, you should contact our office immediately for assistance.
How many surgeries are involved with dental implants?
Getting dental implants only requires one minor outpatient surgery. However, depending on the state of your mouth, our dentist will determine whether one or more preliminary procedures are necessary to prepare the implant site before your implants are placed. These procedures, which are performed in our office, include bone grafting, sinus augmentation, gum grafting, and ridge modification.
Can my son or daughter receive dental implants?
That depends on their oral development, which should be complete before they begin the implant process. Dental implants are not recommended for patients under the age of 18. Oral development does not end until after puberty, which can last until the late teens or early 20s for some patients.
I have dentures - Can I still upgrade to dental implants?
Yes! We proudly feature TeethXpress, which offers same-day full arch restoration using your existing denture. Or if you prefer, we can fashion you an attractive, entirely new prosthetic which is secured using just 4 to 6 implants.
How long does the dental implant process take?
It typically requires between 3 and 6 months to restore your smile with dental implants. This timeline could be extended if our dentist recommends supplementary procedures to prepare the surgical site for dental implants.