dental implants FAQs

Dental Implants FAQs

If you are missing a tooth, there are many restorative dentistry procedures that can be used to address the gap in your smile. However, one of the most commonly recommended treatments today is dental implants. This procedure is the most natural option we have for replacing missing teeth here in Golden near Lakewood. Learn more from our dental implants FAQs below.

FAQ: What is a dental implant?

A dental implant starts with a metal “root” being implanted into the bone behind your gum, just like a real tooth root. Then a false tooth is affixed to the root. The tooth never comes out of your mouth, and the tooth functions more like a real tooth than dentures or crowns.

FAQ: How long does it take to get dental implants?

The entire process from start to finish can take anywhere from 4 to 12 months, depending on how quickly you heal, how healthy your gums were at the start, and a few other factors.

FAQ: Are dental implants painful to get?

Not at all. We use a local anesthetic to numb the pain during the procedure. After the procedure, an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen is typically all that is necessary to control any tenderness.

FAQ: Why are dental implants preferred over dentures?

There are some situations in which a person in Golden may prefer dentures over implants; however, the primary reason that dental implants are preferred is how long they last. Dental implants are designed to last 40 years or more with the right care.

Learn More from Your Dental Implants Specialist

If you have dental implants FAQs we did not answer, contact us Denver Smiles at our Lakewood office near Golden to learn more. We can be reached online, or call our office during business hours at 303-623-4444 to schedule a consultation.