Dental implants are relatively new to the dental restoration scene, and many of our patients at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA aren't sure what to expect when presented with this option for replacing missing natural teeth. Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst and Dr. Brad Stovie have answered a few of the common questions they hear about what patients can expect during and after their dental implant placement.
What will my dental implants look like?
To the casual observer, the porcelain crowns of your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Our Cedar Rapids dentists will make sure that their color and shape matches the rest of your teeth. Underneath them will be a metal post and abutment that holds them firmly in place, but these implements will only be visible on an X-ray.
Do dental implants hurt?
As is the case with all dental procedures, both simple and complex, your comfort is our highest priority. The placement of the dental implant's post is a minor dental surgery, but local anesthesia is used to ensure no pain is felt during and immediately following the procedure. Analgesics are prescribed to keep swelling and discomfort to a minimum in the days following your implant's placement, and healing should only take a few days. If you are nervous about the procedure, talk to your Cedar Rapids dentist about the sedative options we offer to help you relax before and during your dental implant placement.
How do I take care of dental implants?
One of the most attractive features of dental implants is their ease of maintenance. Because they are structured like a natural tooth, they are a permanent restoration and will not require removal for cleaning. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your implants looking great and will maintain the gums and bone that surround them. Your dentist will check your dental implants at your twice-yearly appointments to ensure they are secure. Taking care of your dental implants can mean they'll last a lifetime!
If you have further questions about dental implants, we'd love to answer them! Contact The Dental Center of Cedar Rapids, IA to learn more about these versatile restorations!