Common Questions About Implant Dentistry In Palm Harbor

What is a dental implant?

It is an artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into your jawbone to hold a replacement tooth or denture.

What are the benefits of implant dentistry?

Some of the benefits include an increased ability to chew your food, along with improved appearance, and bone loss prevention.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

A candidate is someone who is in good health and has lost one or more teeth due to injury, tooth decay, or periodontal disease.

What should I look for in an implant dentist?

You will want to look for a dentist that has implant dentistry experience, along with the most advanced equipment, and has the ability to make you feel comfortable and confident in your decision to receive a tooth implant.

How long does a tooth implant last?

Once the tooth implant has been fused to the jawbone and is fully functional, it should last several years if given proper care. Many implants are still in great working condition after over 40 years.

Are dental implants as strong as natural teeth?

Yes, because they are actually part of the bone of your jaw, they are just as secure as natural teeth and will allow you to chew and eat food normally.

How long is the dental implant surgery?

It will depend on your specific situation, but most simple dental implant placements take less than an hour.

Will I be without my teeth?

No, temporary artificial teeth will be made prior to the surgery to be worn over the implant to allow the implant time to heal.

Is the implant surgery painful?

No, it is usually done under local anesthesia. We also offer sedation, if you need additional help during the procedure for anxiety or nervousness.

What will happen after the procedure is over?

There are generally no open wounds after implant surgery so you should heal quickly. You might experience some minor discomfort but it should be manageable with ibuprofen or a similar medication.

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If you have any other questions about dental implants or any of our other dentistry services, give us a call at either of our Prestige Dentistry offices in Trinity and Palm Harbor!