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The 5 Most Common Questions About Dental Implants

teeth whiteningAt Eastside Family Dentistry in Issaquah, Dr. Alexandra Cristescu is a specialist in restorative dentistry. If you’re missing one or more teeth and you’re considering dental implants, you’ve come to the right place!

Dental implants are an investment in your dental health, and we want our patients to understand the benefits and process involved in the treatment. Here’s a few common questions patients ask about dental implants:

  1. Are Dental Implants The Right Choice For Me?

Until you come in for a consultation with Dr. Cristescu, you won’t know for sure. This is because there are a number of factors that may affect whether dental implants are the right choice for you, and a dental health assessment is necessary to find out.

To be a good candidate for implants, you must have a healthy mouth, with adequate gum and jaw tissue. If you have periodontal disease, or you have other serious oral health conditions, you may not be able to get dental implants until they are resolved.

Cost can also play a large role in your decision to get implants. Though implants are an investment up front, they can often turn out to be the more affordable solution in the long run. Other tooth replacement options need to be changed or fixed every few years, but dental implants can last a lifetime.

The best way to find out if implants are the right choice for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cristescu for a comprehensive exam.

  1. How Long Will The Process Take?

Dental implants usually take only two appointments. However, it takes about 3-6 months for “osseointegration” to occur, and for your implant to take hold permanently. The procedure cannot be completed until this process has finished.

In addition, if you need another surgical procedure like a bone graft or sinus lift before you receive your implant, and this may take an additional 3-6 months.

  1. What Kind Of Care Precautions Should I Take?

One of the best things about getting a dental implant is that you don’t need to take special care precautions. Just follow our detailed post-op care recommendations and maintain a healthy oral care routine. Once your implant has healed, simply brush and floss normally, and come in for cleanings and checkups every six months.

  1. How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

When they are properly cared for and placed by an experienced restorative dentist like Dr. Cristescu, dental implants can last 30 years, or even longer. They are, for all intents and purposes, permanent. They do not need to be replaced.

  1. What Is The Success Rate Of Dental Implants? Are There Any Complications?

The survival rate of dental implants is about 96%, according to the latest research. There are only a few possible complications, including peri-implantitis, nerve damage, and potential sinus issues, but these occur in very few cases. These complications are easy to avoid with proper preoperative planning and x-rays.

Get Dental Implants With Confidence At Eastside Family Dentistry!

If you are thinking about getting dental implants to restore your smile and preserve your oral health, Dr. Cristescu is an expert and will ensure that the end result is a beautiful, seamless smile. Call the team at Eastside Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. You can reach us at (425) 391-9200, or feel free to walk into our office at 175 NE Gilman Blvd, Suite 101, Issaquah, WA 98027. We’re always happy to see new patients!

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