We Answer Your Dental Implant FAQs

If you’re missing one or more teeth, Tampa Implant Oral Surgeon Dr. Renato Aves, in Tampa, Florida, can restore your smile with dental implants. These are small titanium posts placed within your jawbone, where they fuse to your tissue so they can stably hold crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental implants have helped millions of patients reclaim the function and appearance of their mouths so they can eat, speak, and go about their daily lives more comfortably.

Dr. Aves and our staff understand that many patients have questions and concerns about dental implants. We’re committed to educating you about this procedure and guiding you through every step of the process. Below, we provide the answers to dental implant FAQs at our Tampa, FL oral surgery practice. If you’d like to speak directly with Dr. Aves or a member of our team about your concerns, contact us today for an appointment. We offer a no charge initial consultation for you to explore your options.

Does getting dental implants hurt?

We work to make the dental implant placement procedure as easy and comfortable as possible for our patients. Although bone does not have nerve endings, gum tissue does. We will numb your gum tissue with local anesthetic and may also use sedation to keep you relaxed. Dr. Aves uses optimal anesthetic and sedation techniques to ensure your maximum comfort. Dr. Aves will prescribe painkillers to help manage any discomfort or soreness you may experience after your surgery.

Why do you recommend dental implants for replacing missing teeth?

Dental implants offer many advantages over conventional restorations. Since they take the place of natural tooth roots, they exercise the jawbone to prevent deterioration. Dental implants also provide a stable, secure hold for restorations, making them more comfortable and cosmetic. These restorations are also very durable, so they typically last many years longer than traditional prostheses.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Many patients qualify for this treatment. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if you are in good oral and general health, have adequate bone tissue to hold the posts, and do not smoke or drink heavily. Dr. Aves will further detail the candidacy requirements for dental implants at your initial consultation.

What if I don’t have enough jawbone tissue?

If you lack sufficient bone tissue to hold dental implants, Dr. Aves can perform bone grafting procedures such as ridge augmentation or a sinus lift to build up your jawbone and make you eligible for this treatment.

How much do dental implants cost?

As an individualized treatment, each patient’s dental implant cost varies. Dr. Aves will go over the expenses involved in your procedure at your initial consultation. The team at Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery & Dental Implants will ensure you have a clear understanding of your options and cost, and they excel at helping our patients find a solution that makes their treatment affordable.

How long does the dental implant procedure take?

The length of your treatment time depends on the particulars of your case. If you require bone grafting, you will need to wait several months before undergoing placement. After Dr. Aves inserts your dental implants, it will take a few months for your titanium posts to fuse with your tissue. Once you are fully recovered, Dr. Aves can complete the process by attaching your abutments and restorations. Dental implant placement and restoration could take as little as one appointment with mini dental implants.

Are there any complications or side effects for dental implants?

As with any surgical procedure, dental implant placement and restoration does carry certain risks (although working with an experienced oral surgeon like Dr. Aves helps minimize these). Side effects or complications of dental implants can include excessive bleeding, swelling, and infection. If you experience any of these conditions, contact us immediately so Dr. Aves can recommend an appropriate treatment.

How long do implants last?

With appropriate care and maintenance, dental implants should last 20 years or longer. For many patients, they last a lifetime.

I already have a denture. Can I get dental implants?

Yes. Many patients are unsatisfied with their conventional dentures and want to transition to implant-supported prostheses. Dr. Aves can help you with this process. He may be able to retro-fit your current prosthesis for implants, or he may recommend a new prosthesis, depending on your circumstances.

What is the success rate for dental implants?

Multiple studies report the success rate for dental implants as 98 percent.

We Can Help You Enjoy a Healthy, Attractive, Complete Smile

Dr. Aves and our team are available to address any questions or concerns you have about dental implants. Contact the Tampa Bay Institute of Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to schedule a complimentary (no fee) initial consultation with Dr. Aves.

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