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Are you considering replacing your missing teeth? This is a big decision that requires an investment of time and money. Before committing, it’s important to have all the information that you need about your possible replacement. That’s why we have included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants in Richardson for your convenience and knowledge. 

How Many Dental Implants Do I Need?

Man smilingThe number of dental implants that you need will directly depend on how much dental structure that you’re missing. Sometimes, bigger teeth like molars need multiple implants to fully support them. Additionally, the health of your jawbone will be accounted for. After carefully examining your smile, Dr. Davis will provide a personalized treatment plan that includes the number of dental implants that you’ll need to complete your smile.

Does Receiving Dental Implants Hurt?

3D image of multiple teeth being replaced with dental implantsMany people hear about the dental implant process and automatically think that it’s incredibly painful due to the drilling of bone. However, this process is made relatively comfortable because we will make sure you’re numb before starting. Additionally, your jawbone doesn’t contain pain-sensing nerves that can cause serious discomfort. Most patients find that the most painful part of the experience is soreness after the procedure, which can be managed through the medication we give you and avoiding contact with the implant site.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

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One of the main reasons why patients are choosing dental implants is for their permanence. With proper care, dental implants themselves can last for a lifetime. Of course, you have to take some steps to help their longevity like a good at-home oral healthcare routine and visiting our office regularly. You should also try to avoid poor lifestyle habits like regular smoking or tobacco use and heavy consumption of alcohol to get the most out of your implants.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

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It’s hard to say whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants without examining your mouth first. The strength of your jawbone, condition of your oral health, and number of teeth that you’re missing are just some of the variables we will consider when deciding if implants are right for you. Patients that are good candidates for dental implants will typically:

  • Have a strong enough jawbone to accommodate dental implants
  • Be committed to a good oral healthcare routine
  • Come into our office for regular checkups
  • Quit ongoing poor lifestyle habits like tobacco use and heavy drinking