Dental Implant FAQ – Arlington, TX
Got Implant Questions? We Got You Covered!
We understand that to most, dental implants are a pretty foreign treatment. That’s why we’ve included a section on a few of the most commonly asked questions we get regarding dental implants, both before and after treatment. We hope that after taking a moment to read through them, you’ll have a clearer expectation for your dental implant treatment and aftercare.
Are Dental Implants Safe?
When placed by a trusted professional, dental implants are 100 percent safe, both in the short- and long-term. While Dr. Gray himself does not place the implants in-office, he works with trusted oral surgeons who are experts in the field with many years of experience. Since implants became popular over 50 years ago, dentists and researchers have found more and more ways to place them effectively and safely.
Furthermore, clinical studies have shown dental implants to have a success rate as high as 98 percent, even after 10 years!
How Long Does the Process Take?
Treatment time can widely vary depending on the person. For example, those who need bone grafts are going to have a longer treatment time as their newly-donated bone heals. The overall process can take as little as a few months to as long as one year, depending on your medical and dental history, the health of your supporting jaw, and the materials and techniques used.
Will They Feel Like Natural Teeth?
Not only will your teeth look natural thanks to Dr. Gray’s sophisticated implant restorations, but they’ll feel secure and natural. Eating foods like apples, steak, corn on the cob, and many other chewy and tough foods will be easy again. As long as you keep up with oral care habits and visit Dr. Gray regularly for exams and cleanings, there’s no reason to worry.
Keep in mind that not all implant restorations are created equal, which is why we recommend visiting Dr. Gray for the most aesthetically-pleasing restorations in the Arlington area.
How Do I Care for Them?
While dental implants require the same maintenance compared to natural teeth, it’s important that you avoid using all tobacco products. This is especially important during the healing stages, either after receiving a bone graft or after the initial implant placement. Brush for at least two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily, especially around the implant. The restoration itself cannot develop decay, but plaque can still harm the surrounding gum tissue holding it in place.
How Long Will They Last?
With proper care, dental implants can last anywhere from 25 years to a lifetime. Thanks to the integration with natural bone, they can withstand daily use without worry of shifting or becoming loose. Just make sure to keep your gums healthy, as gum disease is the number-one leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
Do you still have questions you’d like answered before your implant treatment? Contact our office today!