Dental Implants FAQ

Questions and Answers about Dental Implants

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Are dental implants painful?

The vast majority of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain is involved in the dental implant procedure. During the surgery, you will be properly anesthetized at all times, so you won’t feel a thing. Most patients find that pain can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Do dental implants ever fail?

Although dental implants can fail in very rare instances, they tend to be overwhelmingly predictable and long-lasting. The success rates published in dental literature show a 95% success rate over a 15-20 period. Our dental implants usually last a lifetime.

Do I need to be put to sleep for the dental implant surgery?

No! Some of our patients do request IV sedation so they can sleep throughout the procedure, while others request a local anesthetic, simply numbing the area in question. Ultimately, the level of anesthesia required for dental implant placement is up to the patient and the surgeon.

Are dental implants the best option?

Most patients agree that dental implants are the best option because they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Unlike alternative teeth replacement options, they don’t slip or require dietary restrictions, and they can last a lifetime.

I was told I don’t have a lot of bone. Can I still get dental implants?

Generally, at least 8-10 millimeters of bone height is necessary in order to place a dental implant. It is unusual that patients don’t have that much bone. When patients with inadequate jawbone desire implant placement, bone grafting is usually required first. Safe, reliable, and routine, bone grafting techniques are well researched and are quite predictable, and usually relatively painless.

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

Healing can take anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months, depending on your jawbone mass and other details of your particular case. Healing time varies significantly, depending on the quality of the bone in the implant site. We will be able to give you a better idea of what to expect at a consultation where we can examine your mouth and consider your oral health history. But when it comes to time off work, patients typically take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of sedation, the implant site, and their pre-op health.

I’ve heard a lot about getting dental implant restoration done in one day. Can I get dental implant treatment completed in one day?

Yes and no. While it is possible to come into our office and have your remaining teeth extracted, dental implants placed, and a fixed restoration done all in one day, keep in mind that we usually require 2-4 preliminary appointments leading up to that day. And during the one-day procedure, the new teeth replacements are temporary. After two-to-four months of healing, we place the final restorations.

Are dental implants expensive?

The cost of dental implants depends on a variety of details pertaining to each patient’s case. For some, initial costs may seem significant, but due to the long-term predictability and durability of dental implants, they truly are the most cost effective treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Indeed, the freedom they provide, allowing you to smile with confidence once again is priceless.

The best way to get an accurate estimate of what dental implants may cost for you is to make an appointment with us. Call us today! Westlake Village Phone Number 805-496-8220