In last week’s blog, we began a little question and answer session about dental implants. Implant dentistry is one of our specialties at our dental clinic, and we are proud to offer this services to the residents of Ocean and Monmouth Counties. Today, we are going to continue answering some of the most frequently asked questions about getting dental implants so our patients can understand this procedure better.

Of course, there is more to know about implant dentistry than what we can discuss in a blog and your dentist will be able to give you more insight on how dental implants can benefit you, specifically. If you are interested in talking to your local dentist about implants, be sure to get in touch with any of our dentists in Pine Beach, Jackson, or Eatontown, NJ.

Are there risks to getting dental implants?

There are risks with any type of surgery, though the risks are rare and when they do occur, are usually minor. We’ll take this moment to remind you that Dr. Port is one of the most experienced implantologists in the region and has successfully placed almost 20,000 implants throughout his career. So, when we say you are in good hands at our dental clinic, we mean it. Some potential risks with this procedure include infection at the implant site (often avoidable if proper aftercare steps are followed), injury to other teeth or blood vessels, nerve damage, and sinus issues.

What is the recovery like for dental implants?

After each implant procedure, you can expect some swelling of the gums and face, minor bleeding, pain or discomfort at the implant site, and possible bruising. During the recovery period, you should refrain from smoking and eat soft foods while the area heals. After the entire procedure is complete and you get the green light from your dentist, you can go about your daily habits, eat the foods you love, and not worry about your smile — other than keeping up with your oral hygiene routine, of course.

How long do implants last?

The longevity of your implants largely depends on how well you take care of them. With proper care, your actual implants — the metal posts in your jaw — can last a lifetime. The actual artificial teeth, though, wear down naturally over time. With proper brushing, flossing, and twice-yearly dental checkups, the teeth can last 10-15 years.

Does insurance cover dental implants?

Typically insurance does not cover the full cost of dental implants and implants are typically an expensive procedure. However, we do offer several financing options and accept CareCredit, a healthcare financing credit card that can be used for medical procedures that you cannot afford to pay out of pocket for. We want to make sure affordable dental implants are available for those who need them, so please get in touch with our office to ask about financing before ruling out this procedure.

What’s the difference between dentures and implants?

This is one of the questions we hear most often. Dentures are a set of false teeth that must be held in place with denture adhesive. They typically do not look as natural as implants, but they do have a lower upfront cost (however, they must be replaced every few years). Dentures are a great option for people who do not have the bone structure needed for dental implants or for older or ill patients who do not feel up to the several-month process of getting implants. Dentures give the appearance of having teeth, but they are not functional enough to be called a true “replacement,” whereas dental implants are completely functional.

Where can I get dental implants near me?

Great question! With three office locations (Century Dental in Jackson, Century Dental East in Pine Beach, and Seaview Dental in Eatontown), a skilled dentist who does implants is never far away! Get in touch with us today to schedule an implant consultation!