4 Common Questions About Dental Implant Procedure Answered

Dental implants are one of the many options to replace missing teeth. Most patients are scared when they hear about dental implants from their orthodontists. The main reason for this is the requirement of a surgery to install the dental implants in to the jaw bone.

Prior information about the surgery will help to heal your fears. I have tried to answer a few common questions about the dental implants process.

  1. What is the Duration of the Process?

The entire dental implants process may take anywhere between 5 months to a year to complete. The time taken for the process depends on

  • The health, bone density and velocity of the jaw bone
  • The number of dental implants to be installed
  • Presence of any dental or jaw diseases that need to be healed before the surgery
  • Requirement of tooth extractions or other procedures before installing the implants


  1. Is the Process Painful?

Installing dental implants requires a jaw surgery. Like any other surgery there is some pain and discomfort. Patients are generally administered local anesthesia or sedation to eliminate pain during the surgery. After the surgery, the orthodontist prescribes medications to ease the pain.

  1. Does the Procedure Require Prior Preparation?

Yes, there is a lot of prior preparation before the dental implant surgery. The orthodontist will take x-rays and 3D images of the mouth, teeth and jaw. He checks the health of the jaw bone and determines whether it is suitable to support the implants. Later, the orthodontist checks the health of the gums and teeth to diagnose any infection or other issues that may hamper the process of dental implants. If he diagnoses some issues, they are first treated before planning the surgery. Later, the orthodontist will design a customized treatment plan and plan the surgery.

  1. Are there any chances of My Surgery Failing?

There are minimal chances of dental implant surgery failing. Studies report that 95 to 98% of dental implant surgeries are successful. You have to choose a reputed clinic with experienced orthodontists to ensure that your surgery is successful. Some potential complications include falling or loose implants, infection at the implant site, Peri-implantitis and bone loss.

Now that you have information about the dental implant process, speak to your orthodontist and schedule a surgery.


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