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Dental Implant FAQ
Older Black couple smiling after getting dental implants atAlki Dental in Seattle, WA A dental implant is a screw-like metallic insert added to the jawbone to replace the root of damaged or lost teeth. Typically made using titanium, the implant is covered by an artificial dental crown to restore your confident smile. Since the placement of a dental implant requires surgery, many people are often anxious about the procedure. At Alki Dental, Dr. Hanbit Chi is well-versed in the latest dental technology and the history of dental implants. We assure you that a dental implant procedure is nothing to fear. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions patients have to put your mind at ease.

What Happens During a Dental Implant Procedure?

We use an anesthesia solution suitable to your needs during the procedure to numb the area where we will perform the procedure. Once the gums are sufficiently numb, we make a small incision and drill a tiny hole in the jawbone where the dental implant will go. The titanium implant is a screw-shaped insert that we will place inside your jaw and leave it there, allowing the jawbone to grow around it and fuse over the next few months. Once the bone growth is complete, we place an abutment and dental crown to replace the missing teeth.

Will I Need Anesthesia During a Dental Implant Procedure?

We typically use local anesthetic for dental implant procedures because the jawbone has fewer nerve endings than a tooth, making it possible to administer a lighter anesthetic. If you are prone to greater pain sensitivity, we may recommend taking a mild sedative to help you feel more comfortable during the procedure.

What is Osseointegration?

Osseointegration is the name for the process in which your jawbone grows around the metallic implant and fuses it to the bone. The process can take a long time, depending on the condition of your jawbone. In six weeks to six months, osseointegration allows the titanium implant to become one with your jawbone, making it possible to provide you with a dental crown that can securely replace your damaged or missing teeth.

How Do I Know if My Jawbone is Suitable for a Dental Implant Procedure?

It is possible to get successful results for a dental implant procedure, even if your jawbone is not in great condition. If your jawbone is particularly weak or not dense enough, we will need to perform minimally-invasive bone grafting to reinforce the jawbone for the implant. This process involves taking a bone graft from your own body or an animal or synthetic source and placing it in the concerned area and letting it heal over three to 12 months. We perform the implant procedure once the bone grafting is complete.

Are There Any Drawbacks or Risks of Dental Implants?

Dental implant surgery poses the risk of infection if you do not follow the after-care recommendations. We provide you with detailed after-care instructions to follow during your recovery and schedule follow-up appointments to prevent such issues. We do not recommend patients with certain medical conditions to get dental implant surgery. Contact us if you want to know more about whether getting dental implant surgery is suitable for you.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last forever. Titanium is a metal that does not decay or interact with any organic compounds, making it a long-lasting and permanent solution. Of course, your oral hygiene habits can make a difference in how long they can last. Provided you care for your dental health based on our recommendations, your dental implant will last at least 25 years.

If you are missing teeth and want a highly effective replacement for them, call us at 206-791-2020 so that Dr. Hanbit Chi can examine your mouth and discuss your options with you.
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Dental Implant FAQ | Alki Dental | Seattle, WA
At Alki Dental in Seattle, WA, our professional dentist Dr. Hanbit Chi is well-versed in the latest dental technology and the history of dental implants.
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