Dental Implant FAQs – Reston, VA

Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?

happy dental patientYour oral surgeon will use a local anesthetic, and perhaps even sedation, to make sure that you remain comfortable during your placement surgery. Following the procedure, the site around the implants may experience some soreness and swelling. However, if you diligently follow your postoperative instructions and take your prescribed medications, any discomfort you experience should be easy enough to manage. If your surgery is fairly minor, you may even feel well enough to return to work on the same day as your procedure.

Why Do Dental Implants Fail?

dental implant and toothIt is very rare for dental implants to fail. When this does happen, it may be due to an infection around the implant that eats away at your tissue and ruins the implant’s base of support. Sometimes, it is possible to use antibiotics to remedy the situation and preserve the implants if the problem is caught early enough. You should get in touch with your dentist immediately if you notice unusual swelling or pain around your implants.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

woman holding dental x-rayThanks to advances in modern dentistry, more and more people are candidates for dental implants. If you are free of gum disease and other serious oral health conditions, you have fair overall health, and your jawbone is thick enough to support implants, it’s likely that this procedure is a good fit for you. Even if you are not an “ideal” candidate, there may be steps the oral surgeon can take to make implants a viable option for you.

Can Smokers Receive Dental Implants?

male dental patientTo give your new smile its best chance of success, you should attempt to quit smoking about two weeks prior to your surgery. Tobacco use can slow down the postsurgical healing process and increase the risk of infection. That isn’t to say, however, that you can’t receive dental implants if you smoke, but you should ask your dentist or oral surgeon to thoroughly explain all of the risks associated with your habit.

What If Something Happens to an Implant Restoration?

dental implant and restorationImplant restorations are quite sturdy, but they can break if they encounter a hard impact. They might also become a bit looser over time. If you ever notice that one of your restorations isn’t functioning as well as it should, contact our office. Dr. Myles can evaluate the situation and recommend repair or replacement for the restoration.