Dental Implants FAQ
Dental implant surgery is an effective way to restore your smile. However, there are some common concerns and questions patients have before receiving surgery. Here is a list of the most common questions and answers we receive at our Ogden dental office.
We use anesthesia to prevent patients from experiencing pain. Dental implant surgery follows along the same lines of a filling or root canal, so we use local anesthesia to numb the treatment area.
Patients are normally worried about how they will feel after the anesthesia wears off. Typically patients will feel minor discomfort, but it can be managed with anti-inflammatory medications, and over the counter pain relievers. If you experience intense pain, call our office as Dr. Malan will need to examine the implant to find out if there is an infection or another potentially serious problem.
Implants normally take less than an hour, but patients will need to receive multiple treatments if bone grafting is required, or have additional concerns.
You need to avoid exposing the gums to certain foods after surgery. We recommend that patients eat soft, nutritious foods, and maintain proper hydration. We will provide you with a list of appropriate foods, and instructions to follow after your implant surgery.
Healing time varies based on your body and how well it heals. Some patients heal quickly while it can take two to nine months for other patients. The implants need to heal by fusing the titanium screw to the bone and the replacement tooth is then attached to the screw.
If the bone is struggling to fuse to the titanium screw, we may need to try a different material. Rejection to titanium is rare, but it has happened before. We will remove the implant that is not fusing properly, allow the area to heal, and try a different implant in a few months.
The cost of dental implants vary on how many are needed, and if you need bone grafts. We know the cost factor is a concern for some patients, which is why we will work with your financial situation to make dental implants affordable. If you have dental insurance, let us know, and our office will work with your insurance provider to determine if your dental implants are covered under the policy.