Dental Implants: Common Questions Asked

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If you have questions about dental implants, then you have come to the right blog. Today, our oral surgeons, Drs. McAninch and Kiken, would like to help you find the answers to some commonly asked questions so you can make an educated decision on the right treatment for you, your smile and your oral health.

Q: Why do people choose to replace their teeth with dental implants?
A: People may choose this option because it involves replacing the tooth’s roots as well as the tooth and can makes the implant sturdy and natural-feeling. People also choose dental implants because they can look just like the teeth they lost.

Q: How long does it take to replace a tooth with a dental implant?
A: Typically, if you need a bone graft, treatment can take anywhere from six months to over a year. However, if you don’t need a bone graft, treatment can take anywhere from three to six months.

Q: Can a general dentist place a dental implant?
A: Dental implant treatment is considered an oral surgery, so oral surgeons typically perform the treatment. However, dentists can oftentimes work with oral surgeons to place the implant.

Q: How do I know if a dental implant is right for me?
A: You should schedule an appointment to find out. Typically, if you have a healthy jawbone and the desire to replace the tooth and its root, a dental implant may be for you.

Do you have any questions that were not included in this blog or would you like to know more about dental implants in Santa Barbara, California? If so, contact Ocean Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 805-735-3665 today. Our team is more than happy to help you.