What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a wonderful way to replace damaged or missing teeth. However, many patients at our Florence, SC practice want to know more about what dental implants are. Here is some additional information for patients to assist them in deciding if this amazing tooth replacement procedure is right for their optimal dental health and wellness.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and are placed by a dentist or dental specialist such as an oral surgeon.  These screw-like parts are placed into the jaw bone and are meant to imitate the root of the tooth.  The individual parts are: the fixture (the root), the abutment (the middle piece) and the crown (the replacement tooth).

How Long Does It Take For Implant Placement?

There are several factors that will determine the length of time needed for an implant procedure:

  1. Your dental health.
  2. The number and location of teeth being replaced.
  3. If supplemental procedures like bone grafting or gum tissue grafting are necessary.
  4. If a tooth needs to be extracted prior to implant placement.

These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist throughout the treatment period. For instance, a single tooth implant surgery can typically take 1-2 hours from start to finish. This includes time for anesthesia as well as dressing the patient for a sterile surgical environment.

Is the Dental Implant Treatment Painful?

Each patient has a different tolerance for pain and will feel differently about the procedure for that reason.  For the most part, just as with any surgery, there can be some discomfort.  However, most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur during and after your treatment.

How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

This also depends largely on the individual patient and how well they take care of their teeth.  Most patients can experience the amazing benefits of their dental implants for many years, but dental implants generally last around 15 years before they need to be fixed or replaced. Questions about the longevity of your implants can be answered during your complementary dental implants can be answered by one of our knowledgeable doctors at Advanced Dental Center of Florence.  Come see us today!

Come To Advanced Dental Center Of Florence For Dental Implants

The staff at Advanced Dental Center Of Florence want patients in Florence, SC to know that they do not just provide friendly service, they also provide many exceptional services for all your dental care needs. Dental implants are one of the wonderful options that our doctors provide for our valued patients with missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants are permanent, strong and they look just like your natural teeth! Want to know more about the process, the benefits or financing options? Come see us today, or check out the rest of our specially designed dental implant website for more information. Your no-obligation consultation is just a phone call away with Advanced Dental Center of Florence and dental implants.