A Guide to Tooth Implant Procedures
A tooth implant procedure is a multi-step surgical procedure. A screw is first implanted in the jawbone and then over three to five months it fuses to the bone. An artificial tooth is then attached to the screw and acts like a permanent tooth, right next to the existing natural teeth. Implants require both time and money. Here are some answers to questions you might have about single tooth dental implant procedure, and how it can help your child’s smile stay bright.
FAQ: Procedure for Single Tooth Implant
Here are some of the standard questions most people have about getting a tooth implant.
Q. How long does the process take?
There are multiple steps to an implant procedure, including:
- Detailed evaluation and preparation
- Placement of the artificial root (or dental screw) in the bone
- Attachment of the tooth implant to the artificial root
- Post-implant recovery
The surgery to attach the root takes roughly two hours and then three to five months to fully connect with the bone. Attaching the implant will take one to two hours.
Q. How painful is a tooth implant procedure?
Anesthesia (numbing medicine) is used when putting in teeth implants, so your child should be comfortable during the actual implant procedure. Some mild discomfort may occur for up to five days after the procedure and can be managed with over-the-counter medications (use as directed).
Q. Does my child have to walk around with missing teeth?
While the artificial root is healing in the bone, you will be provided with a temporary tooth to cover the hole. This temporary bridge, or “partial,” will ensure that your child’s smile doesn’t have any holes.
Q. Does insurance pay for implants?
Although many dental insurance plans do not cover the cost of implants, check with your local Kool Smiles office to talk about your options.
We always encourage thorough discussions with your dentist to make sure your child is getting the care he or she needs.
Q. How expensive is a tooth implant procedure?
Getting implants is an investment that is high on both cost and return. The procedure can vary based on location and how much your insurance covers. Kool Smiles may provide a lower cost alternative.
Contact your local Kool Smiles office to discuss pricing for your child’s specific needs.
Q. Can my Kool Smiles dentist do implants?
If your child has missing teeth, dental implants may be necessary for patients looking for longer-lasting results. Many of our locations feature dental specialists such as oral surgeons, orthodontists, endodontists, and pediatric dentists who are trained to provide these services.
Call Kool Smiles Today
Your local Kool Smiles dentist is a great person to ask about the tooth implant procedure. Our dental team can answer questions and refer you to an experienced professional to conduct the tooth implant procedure.
Contact your local Kool Smiles today to schedule an appointment.