What Do I Need to Know About Dental Implants?

Dental implantFor patients who are missing teeth, it can be difficult to know which dental restoration is right for them. We’ve put together a short list of what you need to know if you’re considering dental implants.

Who Gets Implants?

Implants replace missing teeth. Many patients prefer dental implants to dentures and bridges, because implants function most like real teeth. Dental implant preserve function and bone at the site. Additionally, there is no age limit—you are never “too old” to get implants.

Who Can’t Get Implants?

Some health conditions and lifestyle choices may cause implants to be less successful. Patients with these issues should consult with Dr. Kania to see if they are good candidates for implants. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • People who smoke or use chewing tobacco
  • Patients who have received extensive radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck
  • People whose diabetes is not well managed or who have diabetes-related health complications
  • Older patients with advanced osteoporosis
  • Patients with severe gum disease or osteonecrosis (dead bone) due to gum disease
  • People who have heart disease or high blood pressure

Talk to Dr. Kania about your overall health and ask whether you have any health conditions that would prevent you from getting implants.

How Long Do They Last?

Implants can last decades. The patient who received the first modern titanium implant in 1965 still has it today. How long your implants will last depends on your unique situation, but the best thing you can do is take good care of your entire mouth.

What’s the Surgery Like?

You do not need to be under general anesthesia during the surgery. Dr. Kania will numb the site using local anesthetic, and most patients rate the experience as more comfortable than a tooth extraction. We will prescribe pain medication if you experience lingering discomfort after the surgery.

Dr. Kania wants to help you restore your beautiful, healthy smile. Set up your consultation today by calling (760) 642-0711. We are accepting patients from Encinitas, Leucadia, Oceanside, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and the surrounding communities in the San Diego area.