Dental Implants FAQ
Frequently Asked Tooth Implant Questions in Schertz, New Braunfels, and Spring Branch, TX
The dental implants we place at Gossett Implant & Oral Surgery have revolutionized the lives of our patients who are missing teeth. We anchor implant teeth into the jaw, making these new teeth as stable as natural teeth. Implants are the ideal teeth replacement method because they allow you to eat, speak, and laugh without having to worry about slippage.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is made of three components: a titanium screw that we insert in your jaw, a crown that is the part that looks like a tooth above your gum line, and a connector that attaches the crown to the implant.
How do Dental Implants work?
Once we’ve placed the titanium screw in your jaw, which forms the root of the artificial tooth, we wait for the area to heal and the implant to fully integrate with the jawbone. This process called osseointegration allows the implant tooth to feel and function as a permanent and stable new tooth.
Do Dental Implants hurt?
Excellent question. We numb the surgical site before we begin surgery and keep it numb throughout the procedure. We value your safety and comfort so make every effort to keep you as comfortable as possible during your entire experience with us. You may feel some discomfort as the anesthesia wears off later in the day, but any soreness can be managed with over-the-counter medications.
How long does it take to get a Dental Implant?
From beginning to end, the process of getting a dental implant takes about 8 months. We customize the treatment to each patient, taking into careful consideration the complexity of your case, including your potential need for bone grafting. If you require a bone graft, your treatment time will be longer due to a healing period that must happen before implant placement.
What are the steps involved in having a Dental Implant placed at Gossett Implant & Oral Surgery?
Begin by scheduling a consultation appointment with Dr. Gossett, Dr. Sukumar & Dr. Jenkins where we assess your overall health and the health of your jaw. Next, we discuss with you the different options that might work best for your situation and design a treatment plan that includes the form of anesthesia you choose.
Once we’ve completed your implant placement surgery and the healing period has passed, we check your implant to confirm it is ready for your dentist to begin making a crown. We offer immediate temporaries in certain cases, which will be discussed during your consultation.
Will I need to have Bone Grafting?
When you come in for a consultation, we evaluate the surgical site, discuss the details of your situation, and advise accordingly. We use cutting-edge technology to capture images and measure the available bone to determine exact measurements and the necessity of a bone graft.
Will I miss work?
We typically advise our patients to take the rest of the day off following their implant procedure and return to work the following day.