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Dental implant FAQs

You probably have questions if you are considering dental implants to replace missing teeth in Clarington. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about this innovative treatment.


What Is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a screw or post made from titanium or zirconia. Both these materials are biocompatible with the body. The implant screw is inserted into the jawbone, artificially replacing your tooth root.

It doesn’t take long for the implant to become firmly fused in your jawbone. At this point, it is strong enough to support an artificial tooth.


Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants are extremely safe and have been used for decades. At Durham Dental Solutions, we use high-quality implant components from trusted brands. Every dental implant is placed using computer-guided surgery in Whitby. This helps ensure your implant treatment is smooth, safe and more comfortable with faster healing afterward.


How Long Will Dental Implants Last?

It’s not unusual for implants to last for decades or even for life. However, this depends on how well you care for them. They need regular maintenance, including an excellent daily oral care routine, regular dental checkups, and professional dental cleanings in Ajax


Can Dental Implants Always Be Used to Replace Missing Teeth?

Most people can have dental implants, but not everyone is suitable for them. When you first visit our dental practice, we will need to arrange several diagnostic tests to assess your oral health, especially your jawbone health. We need to assess if there is enough bone to support your implants. If not, we may recommend you have a bone graft in Oshawa before implant surgery.

We must also assess your general health and review your medical history carefully. It’s important to ensure you don’t have any medical conditions that could affect healing after implant surgery or where implant surgery may not be the best treatment for your needs.


Will Implant Surgery Hurt?

We use a local anesthetic to numb the area treated so you will not feel any pain. Anyone who feels more anxious can opt for sedation dentistry in Newcastle to help them relax and feel more comfortable.

After implant surgery, you might feel some discomfort during the initial healing period. We can advise you on managing this discomfort using over-the-counter painkillers or prescribe something stronger if needed.

It’s not unusual to feel zero discomfort after implant surgery, especially when you just need a single dental implant.


How Long Will Treatment Take?

The time needed to complete your treatment depends on whether you need any failing teeth removed or other treatments like bone grafting. Generally, it will take several months from start to finish. However, you needn’t worry that you will be left without teeth during treatment. Often, we can provide temporary teeth fitted onto the implants soon after surgery or some other form of temporary teeth.


Can I Remove Implant Teeth?

Some implant restorations, like implant dentures, are removable. They clip onto your implants, but you can still remove the denture for easy cleaning. Others, like implant crowns and bridges, are nonremovable, so we will show you how to clean around them in the mouth.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants at our skilled and trusted dental practice? Don’t wait to get the smile of your dreams with us. Get in contact with our doctors, Dr. Mark Bishara & Sheri Margolian, and our exceptional team at our practice to schedule an appointment today!

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