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Dental Implants FAQ

Dental Implants FAQ

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option with three-parts: a post, most often made of titanium, that replaces the root of your missing tooth; an abutment which is placed on top of the dental implant to anchor the final piece of the restoration; and a crown that is tailored to match your natural teeth.

Can my child receive dental implants?

If a child is missing a permanent tooth, a dental implant can be a great long-term solution. However, most oral surgeons will recommend dental implant placement after a child has finished growing — around 16 years of age for girls, and 18 years of age for boys. To learn more about your child’s condition and the types of tooth replacement options available, we encourage you to schedule a personalized consultation at our practice.

How long does it take to replace teeth using dental implants?

From beginning to end, the dental implant process ranges from a few months to a year. However, every patient — and every treatment plan — is different. Your personal needs, lifestyle, condition, and more all factor into how long your dental implant process will take. For the most accurate estimate, a treatment plan can be designed just for you at Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Can a general dentist place my dental implant?

Becoming an oral and maxillofacial surgeon requires a significant amount of experience, including four to six years of intensive hospital-based training beyond dental school. Dr. Boynton and Dr. McMahon are skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon who can perform the full scope of oral surgery, including dental implant placement with in-office anesthesia options. However, it is important to note that the majority of dental implant treatments require a team effort between an oral surgeon and a general dentist. The oral surgeon will surgically implant the titanium posts into the jaw bone, while the dentist will place the custom-made crown after the implant’s healing process is complete. See our About Oral Surgery page for more information about this.

What if there is not enough bone in my jaw for secure implant placement?

Bone loss is a common oral health issue and can be caused by tooth loss. However, a bone grafting procedure restores or adds bone right where you need it so that more patients can become successful candidates for dental implant placement. Please see our page on Bone & Soft Tissue Grafting for more information.

How do I care for my new dental implants?

Your new dental implants need some extra TLC while they fuse with the jaw bone over several months, but after they have healed completely, dental implants only require basic care, just like natural teeth. Brush and floss every day and remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist.

What is the recovery like after dental implant placement?

Most patients can return to their normal activities after a few days’ rest following the dental implant placement procedure. If you have any questions about your healing, please contact our office.

Other questions?

Napa Sonoma Oral Surgery & Dental Implants will do everything to ensure your oral and maxillofacial surgery process is as simple as possible. If you have any questions about dental implants, want to schedule a consultation, or would like to learn more, please contact our office in Sonoma or Napa, CA.

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If you are anxious about receiving dental implant treatment to restore your tooth or teeth, it may help you feel more at ease to hear some of the personal stories of our delighted implant patients.

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