If you've been wondering about dental implants as a way of replacing missing teeth, you likely have some questions about the hows and whys surrounding these popular tooth restorations. At Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, we're committed to keeping our patients informed about all of their treatments and procedures. Below, our dentists, Drs. Kevin and Anita Robertson, have answered a few common questions about dental implants.
Are dental implants painful?
It's natural to be concerned about the pain associated with any procedure. Your North Royalton dentist is happy to tell you that placement of a dental implant is usually no more involved than a basic cavity filling. Anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area, and from there it is a matter of making a very small indentation in the jawbone that will house the post. The top of the post seals off the incision and healing requires no downtime or special treatment. Most of the healing takes place below the surface of the gums, where the bone grows back around the jawbone; there is no pain associated with this process.
How long do dental implants last?
Long-term statistics have yet to be determined since implants have become more popular in the last decade, but patients who have had them for 20 years or more report no problems. The way dental implants are designed, with the post acting as the roots of the artificial tooth, means that they are made to last many years, even a lifetime, without needing any replacement or repair. Proper care, as your North Royalton dentist will discuss below, is largely the determining factor in how long your implant can last.
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Unlike other tooth restorations, such as partials and dentures, there's no "learning curve" when it comes to maintaining your dental implants. While implants can't develop cavities, the gum tissue around them must be healthy in order to ensure their longevity. Daily brushing and flossing are all you need to do at home; visiting your North Royalton dentist twice a year for checkups is also recommended.
To schedule a consultation about dental implants with Dr. Anita Robertson or Dr. Kevin Robertson, contact Robertson Family Dentistry in North Royalton, OH, today!