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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions – Marshall, TX

What You Should Know About This Permanent Solution

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Dental implants are considered to be one of the superior forms of restorative dentistry. When it comes to replacing your teeth, you can’t make a better investment in your smile. Not only do they have a high success rate, but they offer stability, increased confidence, and a longer-lasting solution. Whether you’re preparing for your procedure or you’re still looking at your options, let Dr. Parker provide the answers to some dental implant frequently asked questions. If you still have questions at the end, please contact us.

How long do dental implants last?

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If you’re looking for a solution that will last a long time and keep you from having to visit the dentist multiple times for a new restoration, you’ll find no better option than dental implants. With proper care and maintenance, dental implants can last for decades or even a lifetime!

Are dental implants removable?

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Because they are surgically placed, dental implants are not removable. This is actually one of the greatest benefits to them because unlike dentures that can accidentally slip, you never have to worry about your dental implant falling out. The implant is secured to the bone, so it acts just like a normal tooth.

Does the process of getting dental implants hurt?

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The dental implant process is a surgical procedure, which means there will be some minor discomfort afterward. However, before placing the implants, Dr. Parker will make sure you are comfortable and at ease by administering local anesthesia.

Can dental implants fail?

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Unfortunately, yes, dental implants can fail. But if you avoid some of the factors that can cause implant failure, you’ll be one of the many success stories your dentist can share with others. The reason for implant failure can be the result of:

  • Smoking or using tobacco use. This weakens your immune systems and makes it harder for the implant to fuse to the bone, often resulting in implant failure.
  • Improper placement or balance. If the implant isn’t placed or balanced in the right position, it can put the incorrect amount of pressure on the bone and ultimately, it will fail.
  • An infection within the bone or soft tissue.

How do I care for my dental implant?

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One of the other great aspects of dental implants is they are low maintenance. Because they act like regular teeth, all you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, floss at least once a day, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash. In addition, you’ll need to make sure you visit our office every six months to have Dr. Parker check your implants.