Dental implants

Dental implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are the most natural way to replace missing teeth. Made of titanium, dental implants are designed to replace the root structure of missing teeth, providing support and stability for replacement teeth. They are the longest-lasting solution available.

Will it hurt much?

Our patients tell us that there is very little to no discomfort associated with the placement of an implant, and there is minimal to no swelling. Sedation is available for those who choose not to be awake during the procedure.

How long will it take?

In many cases, implants can be placed and a temporary tooth can be made at the same time as the tooth is removed. In other cases, the implants are placed and have to heal for several months before placing the final tooth. The dental implant procedure usually takes 3 months for the lower jaw and 6 months for the upper jaw for the implant to fully integrate with your bone. However, everyone heals differently, so Dental Garate team will monitor your progress closely. We are 100% dedicated to the care we provide in our office.

Will I have to be without my teeth?

You will not need to go without replacement teeth. If the implants are not provisionalized immediately with temporary teeth, then a temporary prosthesis can be made for you. If your teeth were already missing, you may continue using your removable prosthesis with minor adjustments for your comfort during the healing period.

Will I have to continue to see the dentist after I have implants placed?

Yes, you will need to continue to visit your dentist on a regular basis for hygiene. It is important to maintain your oral health.

How long will implants last?

Typically, they last longer than conventional dental work, as long as you take care of them properly with daily cleaning, just like your natural teeth, (floss, brush, etc.). When properly maintained and good oral health exists, it is possible for implants to last a lifetime.

Am I too old for implants?

No, you are never too old. Patients over 90 years of age have replaced loose partials and full dentures with implant-supported restorations and the comment we hear most is “I wish I had done this sooner!” They are enjoying the benefits of easier chewing, speaking and a better quality of life.