Dentist in Greensboro, NC
Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
2710 Henry St. Ste 104
Greensboro, NC 27405-4962

Phone (336) 375-1825

FAQs about Dental Implants
By Michelle H. Mottinger, DDS
May 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you wondering whether this is the right way to replace your missing teeth?

Trying to figure out the best restorative method for filling those gaps in your smile? Wondering whether dental implants are the right implantapproach? If so, our Greensboro, NC, dentist Dr. Michelle Mottinger is here to help. Of course, before determining the best treatment option for you, it’s important to understand more about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is made up of three different parts but the part most people associate with this restoration is the small metal post, which is placed into the jawbone. This part of the implant will not be visible when you smile, but it will replace your missing tooth roots and support a false tooth or teeth.

What goes into getting a dental implant?

Since an implant will take the place of missing tooth roots, it will need to be surgically placed into the jawbone to support and stabilize the jawbone. This will require minor surgery performed by our Greensboro, NC, general dentist. It only takes about one hour to place a dental implant.

Will it hurt?

This is a minor surgical procedure that is performed under the effects of local anesthesia. You can also talk to our dentist about sedation dentistry options that can help take away any nerves or anxiety you may feel about your upcoming procedure. While it’s normal to feel some pain and discomfort for a few days after the implant has been placed, your dentist will prescribe a painkiller to alleviate your pain.

How long will it take to get my tooth replaced?

This will depend on several factors including,

  • How quickly you heal after surgery
  • Where the implant is being placed
  • How many implants are being placed

It can take up to 6 months for the implant to fuse together with the jawbone, and it can take up to one year to get the full restoration.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Implants offer a variety of unique and long-term benefits for the wearer including,

  • Preserving the jawbone and preventing bone loss
  • Supporting the facial structure and muscles to prevent sagging
  • Fully restoring chewing and speaking
  • Improving self-confidence and appearance
  • Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps
  • A long-term artificial tooth

How long will an implant last?

While the crown will need to be replaced every few years, the implant itself is designed to last several decades, making it a lifelong restoration.

Are you an adult living in Greensboro, NC, who is missing one or more teeth? If so, then you may want to schedule a free consultation with us to determine whether you could benefit from getting dental implants. The sooner you treat your tooth loss the better. Call (336) 375-1825 today!