Dental Implant FAQ
Q: Is dental implant surgery painful?
A: Most people find dental implant surgery very easy to tolerate. Any post-operative discomfort can usually be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or OTC pain-relievers. Ice can also be helpful.
Q: Are dental implants expensive?
A: At the outset, implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridgework. But they also last many years longer and in fact should never need replacement. So they offer the best, most cost-effective option when viewed as a long-term investment in your health, comfort and well-being.
Q: Can my body reject a dental implant?
A: Strictly speaking, implants can't be rejected because they contain no living cells or genetically coded material. The titanium of which they are made is completely biocompatible, and allergies are extremely rare. But an implant can fail to integrate with the jawbone if an infection develops in the absence of good oral hygiene, or if it is subjected to biting forces too soon. However, this is rare; implants regularly achieve success rates in excess of 95%.
Q: Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A: There's a good chance that you are, but this can only be determined after a complete oral examination by Dr. Martins that includes x-rays of your jaws. Please schedule a complimentary consultation to begin the exciting process of restoring your smile and bite.