FAQs about Implant Surgery

By Gary W. Machiko, DMD
April 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Implant Surgery  

Do you have one or more badly damaged or missing teeth that need to be replaced? If so, dental implant surgery from Gary W. Machiko, DMD in Pittsburgh may be just right for you. Read on to learn more about this fantastic procedure and the many benefits it could provide you.Dental Implants

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a dental device used to replace one or more missing or badly damaged teeth. Implants consist of three parts: The crown replaces the visible portion of the missing tooth, the abutment acts as a connecting piece and the titanium implant secures the entire device into the jawbone.

What Advantages do Dental Implants Offer?

Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement. They are safe, effective, durable and resilient. They look and feel completely natural, they don't come with any eating restrictions, and they are easy to clean and maintain. Plus, dental implants should last a lifetime as long as you care for them properly.

How Long Does Getting Dental Implants Take?

The process of getting dental implants generally takes up to five visits to Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh (including the initial consultation and the follow-up visit). The visits are generally spread out over the course of three to eight months as each piece of the implant needs to be placed separately with time for the jaw and gums to heal in between. The implant surgery itself should take around one hour for a single dental implant or two to three hours for multiple dental implants.

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Not everyone who wants dental implants can have them. You should have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth. You should be free of gum disease, oral cancer and any other medical conditions which would reduce the chances of surgical success. You should be a nonsmoker, and you should be committed to your oral health.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants should last a lifetime if taken care of properly.

How Can I Take Care of My Dental Implants Properly?

Thankfully, taking care of dental implants is easy - simply care for them like you would your normal teeth. Brush, rinse and floss daily and keep regular appointments with Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh after your dental implant surgery is complete.

Dental implant surgery from Dr. Machiko in Pittsburgh is a fantastic way to get a smile that is both functional and truly beautiful. Call and set up an appointment for an initial consultation today!