Common Questions About Dental Implants

Dental implants are known as the gold standard of restorative dental care. With dental implants, we can replace a single missing tooth or full arches of missing teeth. When we work with local oral surgeons to place implants, we use high-quality materials and the best techniques to ensure that implants create stable, lasting restorations. We welcome patients to ask about their treatment options with dental implants in our Annapolis, MD office, whether they’re missing one or all of their teeth.

Q&A dental implants in Annapolis, MD

Q&A: Dental Implants in Annapolis, MD

Read answers to common questions about dental implants and the implant procedure below: 

How many dental implants do you need to replace full arches of teeth?

We can use as few as four dental implants to support a full arch of missing teeth. Typically, patients receive six implants to secure a lower or upper denture. We do not need to replace every single tooth with a dental implant. Instead, we work with local surgeons to strategically place the implants in areas of the mouth that provide the maximum support.

How much are dental implants?

Because each patient has different restorative needs, the price of dental implants and restorations will vary. The number of implants used, the type of restoration, and procedures like bone grafting can impact implant cost. 

Are dental implants permanent?

Yes, the implant posts themselves are permanent once they fully fuse with the jaw bone. You may need to replace your dental crown, dental bridge, or denture over time, but the titanium implant post will stay in your mouth. If you are in good oral health, your implants will last for many years. 

What do you need to avoid after dental implant treatment?

After you receive your implants, avoid using tobacco products. Nicotine restricts blood vessels and prevents implants from healing properly. Directly after implant surgery, you should also avoid hard and crunchy foods. Stick to soft foods and slowly ease back into solid foods after about one week.

How long does it take for dental implants to heal?

It can take 3 to 6 months for implants to heal. During this time, the implants fuse fully with the jaw bone, becoming a permanent part of the smile. 

How should I sleep after I receive my dental implants?

Sleep on your back with your head elevated at a 45-degree angle. Sleeping on your stomach can cause pain and increased bleeding in the treated area. Sleep with your head elevated for 48 hours after surgery.

Will I need bone grafting before dental implant surgery?

Not every patient will need bone grafting before receiving implants. However, we will recommend grafting if patients do not have enough jaw bone to support dental implants. Grafting will provide sufficient healthy bone tissue where it is needed. After an examination, we will plan your treatment and determine if you require services like bone grafting to prepare for surgery.

Do you have remaining questions about dental implant treatment? Call Dr. Vernon Sheen today at (443) 482-5202 or request a dental appointment on our website.