Getting dental implants nowadays is a fairly straightforward procedure, but there are still some things you need to know before selecting the right dentist for your dental implant. Here are the top things you need to know about dental implants at Smiles in Shelby.
01: General Dentists Can Place Dental Implants
It’s very possible for general dentists to learn the principles and techniques to place dental implants. When implants were first being used in dentistry, they were very difficult to place and required lengthy surgery. That is definitely not the case today. Our approach at Smiles in Shelby in Shelby gives us the skills and information needed to properly identify the correct patients who are appropriate for dental implant treatment. Our systematic approach to treatment planning and placing dental implants also guides us to know which patients are not ideal dental implant patients. Most adults in relatively good health are fine candidates for dental implant treatment.
02: It’s Reasonable to Finish Dental Implants Within 4 Months – Sometimes Even Same Day Implants
The goal of dental implant therapy usually is not to replace all of your teeth with implants immediately. We don’t take any shortcuts during your dental implant treatment at Smiles in Shelby. Our focus is to replace missing teeth and give you a beautiful healthy smile that will last the rest of your lifetime. Once a dental implant is in place, your body builds bone right around the implant and cements it in place permanently. That biological process takes a minimum of 4 months. Sometimes, if you’ve already got a lower denture and your teeth have been missing for some time, we are able to place specialized tooth implants in your lower jaw to stabilize a lower denture. That specialized implant procedure can be completed quickly with minimal surgery, and in many cases, the implants are ready to be used when you walk out of the office.
03: It is Cheaper to Get Dental Implants From a General Dentist
Some specialists think that any type of surgery in the mouth should be performed only by an oral surgeon. Most progressive specialists practicing today would agree that basic oral surgery procedures can, and should, be performed by a general dentist in a dental office setting. There is no change in the standard of care between a specialist and general dentist. That means you, the patients, are entitled to receive the same quality of care from a general dentist as you are from the oral surgeon. Since specialists only practice within their narrow field, their fees are usually much higher than what a general dentist charges for dental implants. So in the end, you are getting the same standard of care at a lower price when you have your general dentist place your dental implants, if you are an acceptable candidate.
04: Placing Dental Implants Can Be a Minor Procedure
Back when dental implants were first invented over 50 years ago, the procedure to place a dental implant was long and invasive. The initial types of dental implants required lengthy surgeries performed by surgeons with little experience (because they were so new!) and involved prolonged healing periods. In the end, dental implants had a poor track record of success. Fast forward to today; placing dental implants is a well documented procedure with a very high success rate that requires a shorter healing time. Most dental implant procedures are completed in the dental office (NOT in a hospital) under local anesthesia. The patient doesn’t feel the surgery, they are anesthetized and numb the entire time, and healing may take a couple days at most. Usually, prescription pain medications are not needed to manage post-operative pain. Overall, the dental implant procedure can now be considered minor in-office treatment providing a great service to the patient.
05: Getting a Tooth Pulled is Harder than Getting a Dental Implant Placed
After hearing the specifics about what dental implant treatment involves, some patients think the procedure may be painful with a long recovery time. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Getting a tooth extracted is actually harder on you, the patient, than getting a dental implant placed. During a tooth extraction, your tooth is moved from side to side, expanding your jaw bone. There is a lot of force and pressure on your jaw when you get a tooth extracted. During a dental implant placement procedure, machined instruments are used to create a precise area for the implant in your jaw. So, there is significantly less force, pressure, and trauma to the patient during an implant procedure. That is why there is very little pain and a short recovery time after a dental implant procedure.