Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of biocompatible materials such as titanium. They are surgically placed into the jawbone to provide a sturdy foundation for replacement teeth. These replacement teeth, which can be crowns, bridges, or dentures, look and function like natural teeth.

Most individuals who have lost one or more teeth due to decay, injury, or other reasons can be candidates for dental implants. However, the suitability of dental implants depends on factors such as the health of your gums and jawbone. Ideal candidates typically have sufficient bone structure, healthy gums, and overall good health for successful implantation.

The dental implant procedure involves several stages, including a consultation, implant placement, healing, and the attachment of replacement teeth. During the initial consultation, our dental professionals will assess your oral health and create a personalized treatment plan. The implant placement is a surgical procedure, but it is often well-tolerated with local anesthesia. After the implants are placed, a healing period allows them to fuse with the jawbone. Once healing is complete, custom-made replacement teeth are attached to the implants.

Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after dental implant surgery. Local anesthesia is used during the procedure to numb the area, ensuring you don’t feel pain. After surgery, you may experience some swelling and mild discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

Dental implants are designed to be a long-term solution and can last a lifetime with proper care. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and a healthy lifestyle can contribute to the longevity of your dental implants.

Yes, smokers can be candidates for dental implants, but smoking can increase the risk of complications and implant failure. If you are a smoker, our dental team will discuss the potential impact of smoking on your implant’s success and may recommend quitting or reducing smoking.

The cost of dental implants can vary depending on the number of implants needed, the type of replacement teeth, and any additional procedures required. During your consultation, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and a clear estimate of the cost.

No, there is no specific age limit for getting dental implants. Whether you are a young adult, a middle-aged individual, or a senior, dental implants can be a suitable solution to restore your smile and oral function.

Caring for dental implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly, attend dental check-ups, and follow any specific instructions provided by our dental team. With proper care, your dental implants can provide a lifetime of confident smiles.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact 1st Choice Dental in North Hollywood, CA. Our experienced team is here to answer your questions and guide you through the dental implant process.

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