Dental Implants FAQ
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is securely fixed into a person’s jaw. Dental implants are used to support artificial teeth, such as crowns, bridges or denture s. Dental implant treatment is done to replace a person’s missing teeth or teeth that are beyond repair and are in need of removal.
Is there any pain?
Dr. Gumm keeps patients comfortable at all times during and after dental implant placement. The surgery itself is done under local anesthetic , and sedation can also be administered if needed.
What success rate can I expect?
For a healthy individual with good oral hygiene and good health, dental implants are predictably successful with re ported success rates above 95 percent.
How long does the implant surgery take?
Implants may be placed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the location and number of implants.
Will I be left without a tooth or teeth?
On the day of surgery , patients receive temporary teeth to wear while the implants heal. Once the implants have fully integrated with the patient’s jawbone, long - lasting, aesthetic final teeth are placed.
Do I need an implant for each tooth needing replacement?
No. An implant -supported bridge can replace up to six teeth with just two to three implants. A full arch of teeth can be replaced using as few as four implants.
What if there is not enough bone for an implant?
If a patient does not have enough bone for stable implant placement, Dr. Gumm can regenerate and augment the needed bone with skilled bone grafting. With certain procedures , however, including the New Teeth in One Day procedure, bone grafting is usually not even necessary.
How long can dental implants last?
With proper care, implants have been shown to last for over 40 years.