Choosing dental implants to replace missing permanent teeth is one of the best decisions you can make for your dental health. Understanding how they work, however, is an important part of making that decision, and the team at Lynch Dental Center - Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Frances Lynch - in River Forest, IL, are here to address some common questions from their patients about dental implants.
Are dental implants painful?
The entire process associated with dental implants, from placement to healing, should not be an uncomfortable process. Your River Forest dentist uses the same type of local anesthetic - also known as Novocaine - to numb the area where the post will be placed. The placement procedure only takes about as long as a cavity filling and after it's finished, there's no open wound to treat, making healing an easy and pain-free experience.
How long do dental implants last?
Research and follow-up with people who have had dental implants for a long time have both shown that with proper care, dental implants last much longer than other dental restorations. In fact, many are remaining stable and damage free for two decades or more. Below, your River Forest dentist will explain the best practices in caring for your dental implants. Here's a hint: it's really simple!
How do I take care of my dental implants?
Caring for your dental implants is essential, but they don't require any special routines or products. Brushing twice a day and remembering to floss at least once each day should be all you need to do to keep your implants - and the teeth and gums surrounding them - looking great. While the metal and porcelain implants can't decay, gum disease can put them at risk for damage. Any signs of gum disease - bleeding and swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, or chronic bad breath - should be reported to your River Forest dentists immediately.
Interested in learning more about dental implants for yourself? Contact Lynch Dental Center in River Forest, IL, to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists today. We also have an office conveniently located in downtown Chicago.