Eight Things You Must Know Before Getting a Dental Implant

When you miss a tooth, there are a few options for restoring your smile. Dental implants are one of the most popular solutions, and they can offer several benefits over other methods. However, you should know a few things before getting dental implants. Here are two of the most important things to keep in mind.

What is the downside of dental implants?

The primary downside of dental implants is that sometimes they will fail and need to be removed if the patient changes their choice of toothpaste, swears too much, becomes sick with another condition such as iron deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, or dieting too much.

Dental implants can also present a sense of loss where patients don’t like how the teeth alternate and cannot eat tasty foods. Some patients want to get rid of their dental implant because it makes brushing their teeth very difficult. Dental implants’ side effects are pain, swelling, bruxism from irritants getting under your gumline, allergic reaction to metal corrosion products from the tooth galvanizing process. If there is a breakdown in the tissue around an implant, then osseointegration may not occur, and even adaptive bone formation might be absent. You can rest easy knowing there aren’t many complaints about harmful interactions between resting teeth and “screwed-in” teeth.

Is a dental implant worth it?

It depends on the individual. From a psychological perspective, dental implants are easier to live with because they convey more self-respect and will often eliminate feelings of embarrassment or shame associated with teeth that have been unattractive for an extended period of time.

Dental implants also have various medical benefits as well, such as avoiding gum disease, which can progress from unattended cavities to life-threatening illnesses like hepatitis C. Dental care has a strong correlation to cardiovascular health as well, so those whose teeth lack aesthetics may find it difficult to adhere faithfully to treatments for heart disease or other conditions related to unhealthy lifestyle choices – all serious considerations when evaluating the cost-benefit ratio of dental implants. A dental implant can help support a healthy bite, keep teeth in their proper places, and contribute to decreasing bone deterioration. The pressure and stimulus of the chewing action can also help to preserve the jawbone. Dental implants can also be beneficial to the overall beauty aspect of your teeth.

How much does a dental implant last?

Dental implants last for 10-15 years, depending on the specific person and their care and general health. Dental implants require a commitment of time and lifestyle changes. Patients cannot be smokers or chew tobacco as this will speed up the breakdown of the healing tissues around the implant. Additionally, patients must avoid spitting which can damage gum tissues; they need to make sure to brush at least twice a day as well as practice good oral hygiene by flossing regularly (and it’s helpful if they use an interdental cleaner like Carex Floss Picks). It’s also very important that people continue with maintenance visits every six months to keep everything in working order.

Who is not a good candidate for dental implants?

Not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. For example, people with uncontrolled diabetes or chronic kidney disease are not candidates for implants because they are at increased risk of developing an infection.

People who take certain medications, such as steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system, may not be suitable candidates, either. And people with certain habits, such as people who severely grind or clench their teeth, may put too much pressure on the implants, causing long-term damage. Other factors that may disqualify someone from getting implants include smoking, using chewing tobacco, having untreated gum disease, arthritis that limits jaw movement, or poorly fitting dentures. Your dentist can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

The length of time for a dental implant procedure will depend on the individual. And with that, it’s hard to give you an accurate answer because there are many factors that can slow down or speed up the process.

The dental implant process typically requires two appointments. The first is an exam to establish healthy bone support that can promote healing and success during the second visit when the actual installation of the dental implants occurs. Additional visits may be required following this initial stage in order to affix posts, crowns, or other necessary restorations atop these newly implanted prostheses. Typically, these post-implant treatments are part of one session rather than requiring multiple follow-ups with your dentist. The dental implant procedure includes the general health of the patient, what type of service is being performed, and how long it takes to perform x-rays and other types of exams before they start prepping for surgery. It’s important not to confuse dental implants with specific procedures such as tooth extraction or wisdom teeth removal when estimating your treatment timeframe. Finally, insurance coverage may also have an effect on when appointments can be scheduled.

Are teeth implants painful?

Yes, dental implants are usually uncomfortable at first because the bone will be adjusting to its new placement. There’s also a long period of healing with several visits to the dentist before you can eat anything solid again.

In general, dental implants are a low- or no-pain procedure. They typically only cause pain lasting a couple of days following the extraction of teeth and bone from which to build support for the implant. Since today’s technology seldom requires jaw surgery, most patients have few if any issues related to post-operative pain. The discomfort that is sometimes felt during healing can be managed quite well with over-the-counter medication such as Advil or Aleve took three times daily for at least two weeks; ibuprofen (Motrin) also has been used successfully by many patients up to about 800mg per day. However, people who have had oral surgery rarely regret it later on because their mouth feels better and more comfortable. Chewing food is easier, so is talking. And free from teeth pain finally! Teeth are an important part of your body’s health – without them, you can’t eat or speak properly – so it’s worth finding out if implant therapy could help you feel healthier and happier every day!

How many implants are needed for the entire mouth?

A complete mouth restoration usually requires between 10 and 12 dental implants. However, the final number of implants needed will be determined by the dentist following a thorough examination. Some factors that will influence the decision include the patient’s overall health, bone density, and jaw size. For example, if you need to have a lot of teeth replaced or if you have significant bone loss, you may need more than 10 dental implants.

Why are implants so expensive?

It is typically far more cost-effective than dental implants for people in need of tooth replacement.

Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone in order to anchor false teeth in place, providing both stability and an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Dental implants are made from titanium or porcelain materials with parts that screw into place when they are implanted into the bone using keyhole surgery techniques. With respect to cosmetic dentistry, replacements can be bonded to the implant. These replacement teeth appear very natural because their color, shape, and surface structure will closely resemble those of your own teeth when you fully recover following treatment.


Dental implants are an excellent investment for those who need them. Be sure to do your research and talk to a professional before you make any decisions about getting one!


DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice provided is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.


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Yi-Tsu Cheng, D.D.S. & Associates

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(770) 457-3671




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