Lancaster Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
At Lancaster Family Smiles, our skilled dentist and dentistry team members offer gentle, effective dentistry services for every patient. From basic dental exams to the most advanced dental implant supported tooth replacement plans, our team is here to help. As a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Mahima Gupta is the ideal practitioner to recreate your lost teeth from the roots up with dental implant supported crowns, bridges, and dentures. Before you begin an advanced dental treatment plan like implant tooth replacement, we know you will have a lot of questions. On this page, we’ll provide answers to some of those questions we hear most often, but it’s by no means a comprehensive list. Please don’t hesitate to call our Lancaster dental office to find out more or schedule a treatment consultation with our skilled dentistry team members.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Many patients are concerned about the pain associated with advanced restorations like dental implants. At Lancaster Family Smiles, we work with patients to ensure their complete comfort throughout the dental implant placement and restoration process. We use local anesthesia and dental sedation as necessary to keep patients completely comfortable throughout the course of treatment. Following your implant placement, you may experience some discomfort as the implantation site heals. We will work with you to provide over the counter or prescription pain reliever medications to keep you completely pain free throughout the healing process.
What is the Healing Process for Dental Implants?
Following the placement of your dental implant post, a protective cap is attached over the healing site. This performs two functions. The protective cap shields the implant post as it heals, and it maintains the necessary space in the gum line for us to attach an abutment post and the replacement tooth or teeth once the implant has fused with the gum and bone tissue.
Can I Have all of My Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants?
We can use strategically positioned dental implant posts to replace any number of missing teeth from a single tooth to numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full arch of teeth.
How do I Take Care of Dental Implants?
Once your dental implants are in place and restorations are attached, we can help you maintain your healthy new smile during six month dental exams and teeth cleanings. When you’re at home, you’ll need to brush and floss your teeth as usual. You may need to invest in an air or water flosser if you have a more advanced restoration like an implant fixed bridge or denture. Using an air or water flosser, you can remove plaque buildup that can accumulate between your replacement teeth and the gum line.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care, patients can keep their dental implant supported replacement tooth for two decades or longer. In fact, many patients are able to maintain the same flawlessly repaired smiles for the rest of their lives. This is compared to traditional crowns, bridges, and dentures that need to be repaired or replaced every five to ten years to ensure optimal function.