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When considering dental implants, our team will walk you through the entire process and answer your questions along the way, making sure you’re completely comfortable from the minute you arrive at our office.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a small post that replaces tooth roots to provide a base for new, permanent teeth. Dental implants look and feel natural, made to fit your jawline and facial structure. Dental implants can improve general oral health, speech, comfort, and make eating easier.

Can I bring someone with me for support?

Yes! We recommend that you bring a family member or friend for support. They’ll help you feel more at ease before the procedure and afterward, you’ll be able to show them the new you. Plus, if you have general anesthesia during your appointment you will need someone to drive you home safely afterward.

How long is the recovery period?

Recovery times vary depending upon the individual case. Many patients say they don’t experience significant discomfort beyond swelling, but medication can be provided to manage any pain levels you may have. Managing proper patient aftercare is critical in the healing process so it is imperative you take any antibiotics and follow guidelines you’re given. You will be placed on a soft food diet and want to avoid very hot foods, drinking out of a straw, blowing through your nose, and smoking. Soon enough, you’ll be able to eat anything you want and go about your everyday routine with your new beautiful smile!

I don’t want people to know I have implants. Will my dental implants look natural?

Believe it or not, dental implants become an integrated part of your mouth because they adhere to the jawbone, just like “real” teeth. You’ll be able to brush, floss, eat, kiss, and smile as if you’d had these teeth your entire life. We precisely master the shape, color, and size of your teeth to fit the structure of your face in order to create the perfect smile. Dental implants are the most natural-looking replacement teeth method.

My teeth are in really bad shape. Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Yes—most people are perfect candidates but some qualifications make a dental implant more successful. First, healthy gums are critical. If there are any signs of gum disease, it will need to be treated and reversed before the dental implant process can begin. Secondly, patients must have sufficient bone to support and firmly anchor the implants in the jawbone. Even if you have significant bone loss in your jaw, you may still be a candidate for dental implants. In some cases, bone can be rebuilt. Our doctors are experienced in treating patients with complex cases that may even have been turned away by others. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate is to visit us for a free consultation.

Is the procedure painful?

Our team will do everything we can to make you as comfortable as possible. Depending on the procedure, you can elect to have a variety of pain management options including the latest growth factor technology that reduces inflammation and pain by more than 50 percent. After the treatment, most of our patients report that they experience far less pain than anticipated.