Dental Implants – Bedford, VA

Your Questions About Dental Implants Answered Here

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Given that millions of people have successfully restored their smiles with dental implants, you’ve probably heard about the many benefits they offer. But since having the procedure is a big decision, it’s natural to have a few questions about it beforehand. Our outstanding team of dentists at Peaks View Dental has walked countless patients through the process and has put together answers to the most common questions we hear. But if you have questions that aren’t included below, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Is Dental Implant Surgery Painful?

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We completely understand why it seems like implant surgery would be painful, but our patients are always pleasantly surprised at how much easier it was than they expected. In fact, most people say it was no more difficult than having an extraction.

Also, keep in mind that your comfort is your surgeon’s top priority from beginning to end, so they’ll always start by ensuring that you’re fully numb. Not to mention that sedation is available so that even our most phobic patients feel comfortable and at ease.

Does the Surgery Require Time Off?

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The initial phase of healing takes about a week, but much of your discomfort will subside in the first 2-3 days. That’s why we generally recommend that you take these few days off work to rest and recover after your surgery.

How Long Do Implants Last?

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Dental implants are a wonderful long-term investment in your oral health because they have the potential to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Just like your natural teeth, implants are most successful with good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups.

What Are the Chances of Implant Failure?

This question might be best answered by giving you the success rate for dental implants, which is around 95%. However, that drops to 85% in smokers, so we recommend that you quit using tobacco before having this procedure done.

How Much Do Implants Cost?

Everyone has unique oral health needs, so we can’t provide an exact figure. However, here are some of the factors that will affect the total cost:

  • Whether preliminary procedures are necessary, which could include a bone-graft to strengthen the jaw, extractions, or gum therapy to treat periodontal disease
  • How many implants are needed
  • What type of restoration your implant requires (e.g. a dental crown, bridge, or denture)

After a consultation, we’ll be able to give you a cost estimate and treatment plan that’s tailored just for you. But one thing we can say with certainty is that our patients are thrilled with their implants and tell us they’re well worth the cost. 

Are Implants Right For Me?

Implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth, but they aren’t right for everyone. Here are some of the criteria that make for a good candidate:

  • Healthy jawbone – We want to make sure that your jaws are strong enough to support dental implants. If they’ve become thin or weak after tooth loss, a bone graft can often be done to fortify them.
  • Good hygiene habits – Implants can’t get cavities but they must be kept clean to keep the surrounding gum tissue healthy.
  • Stable general health – Certain conditions like uncontrolled diabetes, hemophilia, or severe immune problems can impact your capacity to heal after implant surgery.
  • Healthy gums – Healthy gum tissue is necessary to keep an implant solid and sturdy.