Questions for Your Implant Dentist
Answers from Austin Dentist, Dr. Dan Matthews
Here are some of the most common questions that patients have about implant dentistry.
What Are Dental Implants Used For?
The main focus of implant dentistry is to provide for a structure that will act, look, and feel like a normal tooth. Dental implants are placed where teeth are missing in order to provide for a normal smile as well as to alleviate any eating or chewing problems that may occur due to a lack of teeth. Implants can also be used to anchor dentures for a more comfortable fit and a more stable bite.
Is Implant Dentistry Right For Me?
Dr. Matthews will have to examine you to make sure that you are a good candidate for implant dentistry. A patient must have sufficient jaw bone at the implant site in order for a dental implant procedure to be successful, but even if your jaw has receded due to the prolonged absence of a tooth, there are options. Dr. Matthews may refer you to a periodontist or an oral surgeon if your situation requires special care. If you’re interested in implant dentistry, schedule a consult with Dr. Matthews online now!
Is Implant Dentistry Painful?
During the procedure, your implant dentist will numb up the area with local anesthetic, and you can choose whether or not to take advantage of sedation dentistry, so you will be comfortable while the implants are being placed. Once the procedure is complete, some patients experience some discomfort during the first few days of healing. Minor bruising and swelling may also occur. All of these symptoms can be treated with prescribed and over-the-counter pain medications, and within a week most symptoms begin to dissipate if not disappear completely.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The failure rate of dental implants is fairly low. Patients should plan on having their dental implants for decades. Maintaining proper oral health and hygiene is a must to ensure that your dental implants remain in tip-top shape. Routine visits with your implant dentist are also a must. The better you take care of your dental implants, the longer you can depend on them!
Dr. Matthews – An Implant Dentist You Can Trust
At our dental practice, we strive to provide high quality implant dentistry to our Austin patients. With years of education and experience under his belt, as well as on-going continuing education, rest assured that Dr. Matthews can answer any dental implant questions or concerns that you may have. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (512) 452-2273 or contact us online.