Dental Implant Surgery Explained
If you or someone you love is in need of a dental implant, you may have concerns about the process, whether it’s painful, or how expensive it will be. You probably have questions about how long the recovery time is from dental implant surgery. Maybe you aren’t quite sure what dental implant surgery entails. Keep reading for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the process.
A lot of times, patients are unsure what dental implants are exactly. There are many different types of dental implants, but predominantly, the ones that are being placed in the dental offices nowadays replace the root of the tooth that is lost or a tooth that might be lost in the near future due to decay or other oral health issues.
Think of an implant as three parts. There’s the implant that goes into the jawbone, whether it’s the upper or the lower jaw. After that, we let that heal for a certain amount of time. Then, we place a post inside of the implant which helps secure the implant in place. Then, eventually, a crown or some sort of prosthetic device will be installed on top of that implant.
Are Dental Implants Painful?
Most of the time, patients that require implants or are interested in getting implants want to know, is this going to hurt? Is this going to be painful? A lot of times I try to tell patients it depends on the situation. How many implants are going to be placed? Are we going to be removing teeth? There’s a lot of factors that go into how much pain is going to be occurring afterwards but generally we do our best to minimize any pain and can provide pain medication for patients with low pain thresholds.
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For much of the time, a single implant to replace one tooth that’s lost – a lot of times I call patients that night and I try to see how they’re doing, and they say, “You know, I feel great!” A lot of times, the next day there’s no issues with pain, especially if there was no previous infection involved or anything that complicated the surgery.
Nowadays, implants and new technology, very minimally invasive procedure where you can go home, feel pretty comfortable, and the next day go about your daily routine, whether it’s going to work or you had some matter to attend to. There’s not that much recovery time.
How Much Does Dental Implant Surgery Cost?
When interested in implants to replace teeth, or other treatment options that involve implants, patients want to know how much it’s going to cost. It all depends on the type of implant, what implant’s going to placed, and what function it’s going to have in the mouth. Other variables include whether it’s going to be used to retain a tooth or retain a denture. Again, all financial questions about implants will be discussed ahead of time so we can properly review what things are going to be before we even get started with treatment options.
We always provide free consultations for dental implants and have flexible payment options available so you don’t have to put off necessary dental work because you are worried about the cost.
If you think you may need a dental implant, contact our experienced Buffalo dentists today for a free consultation. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.
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