Dental Implant Placement FAQ

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

It is not uncommon to be missing a tooth. In fact, around 125 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and fortunately, most are good candidates for dental implants. We know that missing a tooth can cause anxiety and embarrassment. Thankfully, not only are you not alone, but also dental implants may be an ideal solution for you. Schedule an appointment with us and find out if you’re a good candidate for this standard solution to missing teeth.

Are dental implants painful?

The vast majority of our patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain is involved in the dental implant procedure. During the surgery, you will be properly anesthetized at all times, so you won’t feel anything. IV sedation is also available.

Do dental implants ever fail?

Although implants can fail in very rare instances, they tend to be overwhelmingly predictable and long-lasting. The success rates published in dental literature show a 95% success rate over a 15-20 year period. Our dental implants usually last for several years, even decades.

Do I need to be put to sleep for the dental implant surgery?

No! Some of our patients do request IV sedation so they can sleep throughout the procedure, while others request a local anesthetic, simply numbing the area in question. Ultimately, the level of anesthesia required for implant placement is up to the patient and the surgeon.

Are dental implants the best option?

Most patients agree that implants are the best option because they look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Unlike alternative teeth replacement options, they are long lasting, they don’t slip, require dietary restriction, or cause damage to adjacent teeth like a bridge would.

I was told I don’t have a lot of bone. Can I still get dental implants?

Generally, at least 8-10 millimeters of bone height is necessary in order to place a dental implant. When patients with inadequate jawbone desire implant placement, bone grafting is usually required first. Safe, reliable, and routine, bone grafting techniques are well researched and are quite predictable.

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

Healing can take anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months, depending on your jawbone mass and other details of your particular case. Healing time varies significantly, depending on the quality of the bone in the implant site. We will be able to give you a better idea of what to expect at a consultation where we can examine your mouth and consider your oral health history. But when it comes to time off work, patients typically take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of sedation, the implant site, and their pre-op health.

I’ve heard a lot about getting dental implant restoration done in one day. Can I get dental implants treatment completed in one day?

Yes and no. While it is possible to come into our office and have your remaining teeth extracted, implants placed, and a fixed restoration done all in one day, keep in mind that we usually require 2-4 preliminary appointments leading up to that day. And during the one-day procedure, the new teeth replacements are temporary. After two to four months of healing, we place the final restorations.

Are dental implants expensive?

The cost of dental implants depends on a variety of details pertaining to each patient’s case. For some, initial costs may seem significant, but due to the long-term predictability and durability of implants, they truly are the most cost-effective treatment option for replacing missing teeth. Indeed, the freedom they provide, allowing you to smile with confidence once again is priceless. The best way to get an accurate estimate of what dental implants may cost for you is to make an appointment with us. Call us today at Tacoma Office Phone Number 253-473-0651 for our Tacoma office and Puyallup Office Phone Number 253-799-1525 for our Puyallup office