Dental Implants in Kennewick, WA
Whether you recently got implants or you’re thinking about doing so, you probably have many questions. At A Family Dental Center in Kennewick, we don’t think patients should be left wondering. That’s why we thought of the most commonly asked questions about implants and decided to answer them for you.
Do Implants Hurt?
Fortunately, implants don’t hurt. They’re just like most dental procedures. We apply local anesthesia to the area of your mouth where we’ll put in the implant so that you don’t feel any pain. After the anesthesia wears off, there might be some discomfort, which could last for a couple of days.
We’ll tell you how to deal with it and might prescribe you drugs to help you cope.
How Strong Are Implants?
Dental implants are as durable as your natural teeth. That doesn’t mean they’re invincible. You need to take care of them just like you would with your natural teeth, and that includes protecting them from trauma. Chewing hard foods like ice and candy aren’t recommended for those with implants just like they aren’t for those without them. When playing contact sports, we recommend using a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
Damage to the false teeth can be quickly dealt with as we’ll replace them with new ones. Damage to the screw itself is harder to deal with. If we can’t remove it, then we might have to put in a new screw next to the damaged one.
Taking Care of Implants
Dental implants are treated like natural teeth. If you don’t take care of your oral hygiene, you’ll get an infection, and if you don’t brush them, they’ll stain. At A Family Dental Center, we strongly recommend brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once.
Brushing around the implant can be troubling for some patients, so we’ll show you how to do it at our office. We also recommend avoiding smoking and caffeine, which stain all of your teeth, including the implants. You’ll need to come in for regular examinations and regularly cleaning so we can examine for any signs of trouble and keep your teeth clean and healthy.