Dental Implant FAQ

Frequently Asked Dental Implant Questions in Los Gatos CA

The top implant dentist in Los Gatos, Dr. Aaron Santos is changing lives every day as he replaces missing teeth with premium dental implants. Tooth implants are firmly anchored to your jaw which provides the freedom to eat all your favorite food without having to worry about slippage and other embarrassing situations.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant has become the golden standard for replacing missing teeth. A single implant is made up of a titanium screw that is inserted in your jaw, a crown, and a connector that attaches the crown to the screw. Implants give you the ability to talk, eat, and laugh freely.

How do dental implants work?

Your dentist places a screw in your jaw that serves the same purpose as the roots of your natural teeth. During several months of osseointegration, the implant integrates with the bone, creating stability and permanence. Once all healing has occurred, we place the final restoration.

How long does it take to get a dental implant?

The duration of this process depends on the patient and the complexity of your case. Typically, implant placement can take up to 3-4 months. If your jaw requires bone grafting to bulk it up before implant placement, that will extend your treatment time.

Will I need to have bone grafting before I have dental implants placed?

If you have been missing a tooth for more than a month, it is likely you will need some bone grafting. At your consultation, your dentist/oral surgeon will evaluate the surgical site, discuss with you your unique needs, and advise accordingly. Bone grafting is a safe and simple procedure that over half of implant patients require.

How much work will I miss for dental implant surgery?

It’s not uncommon to take a day or two off for an implant.

Do dental implants hurt?

No! The surgical site is kept numb throughout implant surgery. If you experience any mild discomfort as you recover, it can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.

How long do implants last?

Our implants can last a lifetime if well cared for. Proper oral hygiene ensures implant health and longevity.

How do I care for implants?

Caring for your implant teeth is the same as caring for your natural teeth: brush twice and floss once daily. Make sure to keep up with your regular cleanings and checkups at our office.

What is the cost of dental implants in Lost Gatos CA?

There’s a variety of factors that affect the cost of an implant, including the number you’re having placed and your need for bone grafting. When you come in for a consultation, we’ll present you with all the costs upfront. And we make it our job to help you navigate our insurance benefits. We want to do all we can to make sure you get the care you deserve. The cost of dental implants may seem like it is more than alternatives such as bridges and dentures, but when you take into consideration that those alternatives require regular maintenance and replacement, dental implants are a smart and affordable choice for most people.

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