Is dental implant surgery painful?
I have never had a dental implant myself, so I can't give you first hand knowledge.
But from what I understand, having a dental implant is no more painful than having
a tooth extracted. That's what the patients tell me and I have to believe them.
How should I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants actually require more care than your natural tooth. The reason for
this is that around your natural tooth is a biological zone which keeps bacteria
out. You don't have anything like that with a dental implant. A dental implant will
have the gum adhere very tightly to the dental implant, but it is not impervious
to bacteria so you need to do a better job of brushing your dental implant than
you did your natural tooth. You need to become almost "born again" if you lost your
teeth from neglect. You can't do that with your dental implant.
How long will my dental implants last?
If your implant was placed well, if you maintain it well, and the tooth is restored
in such a way that no extra pressures are placed on it, it's going to last a very