Each year, over 500,000 Americans get dental implants. At Troutman Family Dentistry, we understand that the treatment can be perplexing, and for that reason, we’ve created this page of frequently asked questions.
Dental implants are a remarkable solution for anyone missing teeth. They’re permanent and natural-looking so that nobody will differentiate them from your natural teeth.
Our implants are composed of three pieces. The first part is the fixture, which acts as the root of your natural teeth, securing the implant in your jawbone. The only portion of the implant that people will see is the crown, which connects to the fixture through the third piece, the abutment.
Dental implants restore the shape, size, color, and function of your smile—meaning you can get back to what you love, without worrying about broken, missing, or loose teeth.
The easiest way to understand your options is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Troutman. During this time, he’ll complete a thorough examination of your mouth and determine which treatments are appropriate. He’ll also tell you if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
While other tooth-replacement options restore cosmetics to your smile, they only offer basic tooth function. On the other hand, dental implants are a permanent, durable, and natural-looking alternative. They also reverse the adverse effects of tooth loss by stimulating healthy jawbone growth and strengthening jaw muscles.
If you want to talk, eat, and smile without worrying about being embarrassed, try dental implants.
Most dentists are allowed to place dental implants. Some take years of additional training courses, while others spend one weekend getting certified. If you’re interested in dental implants, you need to investigate the dentist before choosing one to place the implant. A qualified dental implant provider will make sure that your dental implant is placed correctly, increasing its longevity.
Dr. Troutman has participated in over a thousand hours of continuing education courses related to dental implants. He will give you the best smile possible in Huntingburg, IN.
While dental implants have the most extended life-span of any tooth-replacement option, their longevity mostly relies on you. Dental implants are immune to cavities and other oral diseases, but the rest of your mouth is not. If you don’t properly care for your smile, you may develop gum disease or conditions that might require the removal of your implant. However, if you practice healthy oral hygiene habits, your implant could last for many years.
From start to finish, the dental implant process typically takes three to six months. The total time can be reduced depending on your oral health, overall health, and if supplemental treatments are necessary.
With any surgery, it’s natural to worry yourself with the fear of a painful procedure. Fortunately, the dental implant process is next to painless. During your procedure, Dr. Troutman will make sure that the surgical area is numb so you won’t feel a thing. If you still feel anxious about the treatment, we can provide further sedation on a case-by-case basis.
In the weeks following your surgery, you may experience some slight discomfort, including bleeding, swelling, soreness, and redness. We can typically alleviate these conditions with over-the-counter pain medication. Most patients report that the pain associated with dental implants is similar to that of tooth extraction.
One of the significant benefits that our patients love about dental implants is their natural care regimen. As long as you maintain healthy oral hygiene habits—brushing twice a day, flossing after meals, and visiting Dr. Troutman at least biannually—your implant will last a long time.
Dr. Troutman understands that the dental implant process can be confusing, which is why he is here to answer any questions or concerns that you have. Give us a call, and we’ll tell you everything that you need to know about dental implants—that you can’t find here.
Dr. Kenneth Troutman
202 E 17th St.
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 8PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 6PM
Thursday: 7AM – 8PM
Friday: 8AM – 4PM