Do You Have Questions About Dental Implants?
In the Triad of North Carolina, Drs. Keith and Daniel MacDonald can help answer any of your most frequently asked questions about dental implants. Going in for a dental procedure will typically generate a variety of questions and concerns. If you read through this answer guide and still have a few more things to ask, simply give us a call at (336) 803-7570.
Do dental implants hurt?
When receiving dental implants, you may experience very minimal discomfort during the procedure. Luckily, Dr. MacDonald uses state-of-the-art technology, like our guided dental implant surgery, that reduces your time in the dentist chair, eliminates error, and provides you with a quicker recovery period.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Known as the most durable tooth replacement option and the only restoration that helps protect the jawbone from further bone loss, dental implants offer a plethora of benefits. As they blend perfectly with your natural teeth and allow you to eat and speak with ease, you’ll be eager to shine your smile in no time.
How long does the process take?
Depending on how many implants you need and the condition of your mouth, the entire process can take anywhere from three-to-nine months. Dr. MacDonald can complete each patient’s procedure entirely at our Archdale dental office within a series of appointments.
How much do they cost?
The overall cost of a dental implant procedure varies from patient to patient depending on the number of implants needed, any supplementary procedures required, and how much their insurance will cover.
If you have good oral health, you’ll be able to receive dental implants right away. However, if you’ve lost any bone or have advanced periodontitis, we’ll have to rehabilitate the health of your mouth prior to inserted implants.
Can any dentist perform implant surgery?
No, in order to understand how to properly place dental implants, dentists must have obtained specific implant education and extensive training. Without this advanced knowledge, a general dentist may risk the success of your newly restored smile.
Luckily, Dr. Keith MacDonald is a qualified implant dentist with a fellowship with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).
His son, Dr. Daniel MacDonald is also a part of continuing education programs for implantology and is a fellow of the Triangle Dental Insititute for Implant Dentistry and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Are dental implants more successful than dentures?
Yes. Dental implants have become the most popular restoration treatment today. They’re capable of lasting up to a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, whereas dentures need to be removed and shift around when you eat and speak.
If I have gum disease, can I still get implants?
If you have gum disease and are seeking to get dental implants, taking care of your infection first will help increase your eligibility for implant treatment. Restoring the health of your gums will increase your dental implant’s success and fewer problems will arise in the future.