Victorville Dentist Answers FAQs about Dental Implants
Patients who visit our Victorville dental offices frequently ask our orthodontist about dental implants. Dr. Hattar presents answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about these tooth replacement options.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants in Victorville
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed into your jaw to hold replacement teeth. A dental implant is a tooth replacement option for someone who has lost one or more teeth to an injury, gum disease or another cause. Dental implants make it easier to enjoy the foods you love, speak clearly and smile with confidence.
Does it hurt to get dental implants?
No. Our orthodontist administers local anesthesia to the treatment area, similar to a filling. You will not feel anything during the procedure and experience only minor discomfort after the anesthesia wears off.
How long does the procedure take?
Depending on the number and location of the implants, it can take about an hour to implant the root into or onto the bone.
How long until I get my replacement teeth?
Depending on your treatment plan, it takes two to nine months for your implant to fuse to your jawbone and to make the replacement tooth.
What are the two main types of dental implants?
Endosteal implants with roots embedded into the jawbone and subperiosteal implants that feature a wire framework that fits over the jawbone.
What are endosteal implants?
Endosteal implants are the most common type of dental implant. The implant features a small screw-, blade- or cylinder-shaped base surgically placed into the jawbone and a post that protrudes through the gums. A realistic-looking and fully functional replacement tooth snaps on top of the post to create a natural looking, appealing smile.
What are subperiosteal implants?
These implants fit under your gum but above the bone, the metal framework of subperiosteal implants feature posts that protrude through the gum to hold replacement teeth. This type of implant is appropriate for patients whose jawbone is too shallow for conventional implants.
What are mini implant dentures?
Unlike endosteal implants, our orthodontist can place mini implant dentures in a single visit. Mini implants are self-tapping, which means these titanium screws drill their own holes as our dentist inserts them.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Your orthodontist can replace just one tooth with single tooth implants, replace several teeth or even replace all your teeth with an implant-supported bridge.
Why do a single tooth implant instead of a conventional dental bridge?
Offering a permanent solution to tooth loss, a single tooth implant is stronger and more durable than a partial denture or bridge. A single tooth implant can provides more stability and less risk for irritation to your gums.
Where can I find out more information on dental implants?
Visit our Victorville location for your dental implants. Make an appointment at Dr. Hattar Dental by calling (760) 243-3595 today.