Dental Implants – FAQ
A dental implant is one of the best ways to replace a missing or failing tooth. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding dental implants.
Q: Why do you recommend a dental implant to replace my tooth?
A: Dental implants are strong and can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. They will never get a cavity or require a root canal. A dental implant will prevent gum and bone loss in the jaw and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting over time.
Q: Are there any disadvantages with dental implants?
A: Dental implants can be expensive compared to other dental procedures. Implants are surgically placed in the mouth, which can be more invasive than most dental procedures. They also require time to heal before the implant can be used as intended.
Q: Will my implant cause the metal detector to go off at the airport?
A: No. Dental implants are made from titanium. They do not trigger airport alarms or cause any issues with MRI scans.
Q: Do I have to go to sleep (IV Sedation) for my dental implant?
A: No, dental implants can be placed with just local anesthesia alone. Some patients do choose to go to sleep (IV Sedation) for their dental implant surgery, especially if they have a lot of anxiety.
Q: Why are dental implants so expensive?
A: Dental implants are classified as an implantable medical device by the FDA. They are typically made from titanium, which is costly to source and manufacture.
Q: How painful is implant surgery?
A: Most implant surgeries are less invasive and easier to recover from than a tooth extraction.
Patients typically do great with over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol for 3-4 days.
To your health and prosperity,
Daniel Yang DDS, MD
Yorba Linda Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
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