Patients can lose permanent teeth for a number of reasons, including dental infection and accidents. No matter how a patient loses a tooth, however, it is imperative that he or she seeks treatment for this issue as soon as possible. Today our Elmhurst dental implant dentists are answering questions about dental implant technology and placement. Want to learn more? Read on!
Q: How do I know if I am a viable candidate for dental implants?
A: When you meet with our dentist we can help you figure out if dental implants are right for you. Many patients who have missing teeth can benefit from dental implants. It is important, however, that you have sufficient bone density to support a dental implant. Patients with diminished bone density may require bone grafts prior to dental implant placement.
Q: How long does it take to complete dental implant placement?
A: Generally, the entire dental implant treatment process takes a few months to complete. This is because after the first stage of treatment—in which we surgically implant the titanium root of your dental implant—we have to allow the surgical site to heal before we complete your restoration. The healing process usually takes a month or two, after which point we will cap your dental implant root with a natural looking restoration.
Q: How long do dental implants last?
A: With proper maintenance, dental implants can last for twenty years before they need to be replaced. Once your implants are in, you’ll be able to enjoy a stunning, sturdy smile for years.
If you want to learn even more about dental implants, give our Elmhurst dental implant dentist office a call. During your consultation we will determine whether you can benefit from dental implants. We can also help you visualize what your post-treatment smile will look like!