6 Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

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If you’re considering dental implants, you must have a series of questions about the process. We provide all the information you need to select the ideal dental implants for yourself. FAQ dental implants:  Below, we provide answers to the most common questions about dental implants, from determining your candidacy for dental implants to the final recovery process and aftercare. 

When you are missing one tooth or several teeth, you might consicer a dental implant

1. How can I tell I need a dental implant? 

You may need a dental implant if you’re missing one tooth or several teeth. Dental implants are essentially replacements for the root structures of your missing teeth. The dental implant surgeon places a ceramic implant or titanium implant underneath the empty socket of the missing tooth. Over time, via a natural process known as osseointegration, the bone tissues fuse with the dental implant surface, making it a firmly-rooted part of your dental anatomy.

A dental implant is an ideal alternative to other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and dentures. Unlike dental bridges and dentures, a dental implant supports the natural jawbone tissues and facilitates bone regeneration. Dental implants are also completely natural — they restore your teeth’ complete bite strength, allowing you to eat and talk like you did before. That’s why people often say that a dental implant is a perfect replacement for a natural tooth.  

You may need a dental implant if you agree with the following statements:

I have one missing tooth or several missing teeth 
I have loose dentures or partials 
I have a loose dental bridge 
I have an infected tooth that needs to be extracted 
I want to prevent my lower face from sagging because of missing teeth 
I want my replacement teeth to look and feel completely natural 
I want to restore complete bite force to my teeth 
I want my replacement teeth to be indistinguishable from natural teeth 
I feel self-conscious while smiling because of dentures or missing teeth
Ceramic implants are a viable and often superior alternative to titanium implants.

2. Should I get a ceramic implant or a titanium implant?

When getting dental implants, you have one major decision at the outset ceramic implants or titanium implants. Dentists have been replacing missing teeth using titanium implants for over 5 decades, but ceramic implants represent the new paradigm for dental implantology. Titanium is a metal, so placing metallic implants inside the body can lead to titanium sensitivity, allergies, or peri-implantitis, a dangerous inflammatory condition that can eventually lead to the loss of the implant and other health concerns. 

Until recently, patients had to deal with titanium implants and tolerate the possible risks because of the lack of suitable alternatives. But recent years have shown that ceramic implants are a viable and often superior alternative to titanium implants. Numerous studies have shown that bone tissues grow perfectly around the ceramic implant surface while minimizing the risk of bacterial infections and peri-implant complications. Furthermore, a ceramic implant is a completely biocompatible surface without allergy risks. 

The following are some reasons to select ceramic implants instead of titanium implants: 

Ceramic implants have the same success rates as titanium implants 
Ceramic implants are completely metal-free and biocompatible 
Ceramic implants lead to better soft-tissue healing and gingival health 
Ceramic implants carry a negligible risk of inflammation, bacterial infection, and peri-implantitis 
Ceramic implants are hypoallergenic, so there’s no risk of allergies 
Ceramic implants are healthier for your body in the long run

Dental implant surgery is not painful because its performed under local or general anesthesia

3. Is dental implant surgery painful? How many sessions are needed?

Dental implant surgery isn’t painful because it’s performed under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. If the surgery is performed under general anesthesia, you will sleep through the procedure, so there won’t be any pain or discomfort. If the surgery is performed under local anesthesia, you will be awake, but you won’t feel any pain. Your dental implant surgeon will select the appropriate anesthetic based on your treatment plan. 

The number of sessions needed for dental implant surgery depends on your unique needs and goals. The traditional dental implant process involves two to three sessions. The surgeon places the ceramic or titanium implant on the first session, places the abutment and takes impressions on the second session, and places the final dental prosthetic on the final session. However, if you need a tooth extraction, bone grafting, or sinus lifts, you may also need more sessions.
Alternatively, some patients can also enjoy the same-day dental implant process. If you have healthy gums at the time of surgery, the dental implant surgeon can place the dental implants and the final prosthetic in one session. Only a few patients qualify for the same-day dental implant process — your dental implant surgeon will examine your teeth and administer numerous tests to determine if you’re a viable candidate for same-day dental implants. 
Further Reading: The Dental Implant Process 

Ceramic dental implants are healthier for the body than titanium dental implants.

4. Are ceramic implants “healthier” for the body than titanium implants?

Ceramic implants are “healthier” for the body than titanium implants because they facilitate optimal soft tissue healing and minimize the risk of peri-implantitis. To understand why ceramic implants are healthier for your body, you need to understand the significance of peri-implantitis and how it harms your overall health — not just oral health. 

Peri-implantitis refers to localized lesions around the dental implant, eventually leading to the loss of bone tissues. It’s an infectious disease that can lead to the painful inflammation of the gingival tissues, eventually leading to implant loss. Titanium implants have a higher risk of peri-implantitis because the titanium material is prone to bacterial adhesion and the formation of biofilm. Meanwhile, ceramic implants are bioinert and plaque-resistant, so the risk of peri-implantitis is considerably lower. 
You must avoid peri-implantitis at all costs because it can have devastating overall health effects. Peri-implantitis is essentially a bacterial infection, and the harmful bacteria can invade the rest of your body through the bloodstream, increasing the risk of diabetes, premature birth, cardiovascular problems, respiratory diseases, and numerous other problems. Some studies have also found a link between peri-implantitis and a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Ceramic implants help you avoid peri-implantitis, making them “healthier” for the body. 
After dental implant surgery you must follow your dental implant surgeon's guedelines.

5. What should I avoid in the period after the dental implant surgery?

You can start eating about an hour after dental implant surgery, and you can resume most of your normal daily activities within a day or two. However, you must follow your dental implant surgeon’s guidelines and avoid a few specific activities to improve the healing process, ensuring your body heals properly after the dental implant surgery. 

The following is an overview of things to avoid after the dental implant surgery: 

Avoid smoking for a few weeks 
Avoid using straws or anything that creates a suction force in your mouth 
Avoid hard, hot, or crunchy foods, such as hot coffee, steak, or nuts 
Avoid hard and raw fruits and vegetables, such as apple 
Avoid soft fruits with seeds, such as raspberries 
Avoid chewing gum 

6. When will I be able to eat and chew properly after dental implant surgery?

You will recover your ability to eat and chew different foods at different rates. You can start eating warm and solid foods approximately 48 hours after your dental implant surgery and gradually introduce meat into your diet after a week. However, you should avoid extremely hard, tough, or crunchy foods, such as raw vegetables, hard fruits, steaming hot foods, hard candy, and corn-on-the-cob for at least 3 months after the surgery. 

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