Dental Implant FAQ in Gastonia, NC
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
When it comes to replacing missing teeth and restoring smiles, dental implants are a game-changer. We anchor then into your jaw which makes them as strong as your natural teeth and allows you to eat all your favorite foods without having to worry about slippage.
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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that has three parts. We place a titanium screw in your jaw. It has an abutment that connects to the crown. The crown is the final restoration which is visible above your gumline.
How do dental implants work?
The implant is made of titanium, a metal that has the bio-capability to fuse with bone through a process called osseointegration. This permanent and solid attachment allows for natural feel and function.
How long does it take to get a dental implant?
The entire process can take up to 18 months, depending on your need for bone grafting. We customize each dental implant treatment to your specific case and its level of complexity.
Will I need to have bone grafting?
If you’ve been missing a tooth for more than a month, you’ll most likely need some bone grafting. Our jawbones begin to break down as soon as a tooth goes missing because the jaw depends on stimulus from the missing tooth to bulk it up and keep it healthy. Once the stimulus from chewing is gone, deterioration sets in immediately. When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Eaton will evaluate your situation and needs, and he’ll be able to give you a timeline estimate.
Will I miss work?
You’ll want to plan to miss work the entire day of surgery, but you should be able to return to work the next day. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications, such as Tylenol and ibuprofen, should do the trick to minimize any discomfort you might experience.
Do dental implants hurt?
The procedure does not hurt at all. We keep the surgical site numb during implant surgery and will discuss the assortment of anesthetic options we have available to keep you relaxed and comfortable at an appointment ahead of time. When the anesthesia begins to wear off later in the day, any mild discomfort can be managed with OTC medications.