Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you have one or more missing or failing teeth, and you are healthy enough to undergo minor dental surgeries like tooth extractions, you may be a candidate for dental implants. In some cases, bone loss has occurred in the jaw, making dental implant placement impossible without a bone grafting procedure. Schedule an appointment with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons to learn whether or not dental implants are right for you. Dr. Shannon Davis or Dr. Rebecca Woodford will collaborate with you, and your dentist, to help identify the most appropriate and suitable treatment option for each patient’s unique situation.
How long is the recovery period for dental implants?
Each patient’s exact recovery time will differ depending on the number of implants they have placed, the quality of bone left in the jaw, and their body’s regenerative capabilities. General speaking, dental implants take between three and six months to fully heal. This healing time is necessary to allow the bone surrounding your new implants to integrate with the implant posts. Three months may seem like a long time, but the three- to six-month estimate is only for full chewing capability. Most patients are back to their normal routines just a few days after the procedure, although a soft foods diet may be necessary for some time.
The vast majority of patients relate that a lifetime of healthy-looking, functional teeth is well worth the wait during the healing period. Many patients have their dentist make removable temporary teeth so they will not have to be without teeth while the dental implant sites heal.
Will there be pain associated with dental implants?
Once your surgical sites have healed, the dental implants will feel nearly identical to your natural teeth, causing no discomfort whatsoever; however, patients may experience some discomfort the first few days after surgery. Your oral surgeon may provide you with pain medication to relieve these symptoms. You will also be given post-operative instructions to make sure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
Where can I find dental implants near me?
Atlantic Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Centre offers high-quality dental implant procedures from the comfort of our surgical suite in St. John’s, NL. We are presently located at 84-86 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 303. We anticipate relocation to 55 White Rose Drive, Suite 201 in the coming months.
If you have other questions about dental implant procedures, the recovery period, or any of the other procedures we offer, feel free to contact our office for more information. One of our staff members will be happy to assist you.