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Important Facts About Dental Implants


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It is a big deal when you decide to get dental implants. Getting the procedure done is also a big investment of money and time. After a successful implant is done, a breaking in period is needed before the procedure is considered a success. These critical weeks are just as important as the decision leading up to the initial meeting with your dentist.

What Are The Risks?

Infection, nerve and tissue damage or dental implant failure. In rare cases, sinus problems may occur due to the way new teeth are set. None of these are life threatening, and all are considered low risk if you follow the dentists instructions. Detailed information is given out before and after the procedure so that nothing comes as a surprise. Dental implants remains a low risk surgery with a high success rate. That number gets higher if you’re talking about a single tooth instead of the entire mouth. Infection issues can occur from bad oral hygiene if the patient doesn’t take care of their new teeth. The beginning stages are especially sensitive and require careful monitoring.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of dental implants can be low for a single tooth to substantial for your entire mouth. Every practice will have their own quote, and much of it will be based on the current patient’s health history and needs. Insurance does not always cover dental implants, but most practices will check to see if you’re covered. Patients that are not covered will have to seek alternative options, including financing at the discretion of the dental practice. Some dentists have financing set up while others outsource. Some practices don’t have financing options at all. If that is the case for your situation, then you’ll have to set something up on your own to pay for the procedure.

Is There Pain After Surgery?

Yes, although the better way to describe it would be mild discomfort. There will be some pain as you get used to your new teeth, but nothing out of the ordinary. Although the pain is manageable, it is important to keep a record of it for later. There will be initial swelling and some bleeding as your mouth gets used to your new teeth. All of this should subside within a few days, and then go back to normal. If time passes and you noticed the pain remains the same, then there is a chance that an infection is developing. Contact your dentist to schedule an appointment so that they can take a look and diagnose the problem.

What If The Dental Implants Fail?

If dental implants fail, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need another surgery. That is why you should follow-up with your dentist if there are any major changes in your condition. Minor procedures can be done on the same day to correct the problem if it has not progressed to an advanced stage. Dental implants have a higher change of failing if you don’t take care of them in the first 1-2 months of the procedure. There is a break in period where oral hygiene and care will make the biggest difference in the success or failure of the surgery.

Keep An Open Line Of Communication

Keep in contact with your dentist and notify them if there is a problem after the surgery. Ignoring an issue with you oral health will make it difficult for them to resolve the problem in a timely manner. Don’t waste your investment by ignoring telltale signs of a problem. A dentist is there to help you succeed in getting your smile back. 

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Kevin Charles

Associate Writer

Kevin is the newest member of the Wavez writing staff. He lives in Los Angeles and got his start as a screenplay writer. He still loves writing scripts in his free time and hopes to one day have a play on Broadway!