Your Dental Implant Questions Answered

October 12, 2023 0

We have received quite a few questions about dental implants from patients like you here in Tehachapi, CA. But we have realized that a lot of these questions are pretty similar. We’ve compiled the most common ones we’ve heard here and have answered them for your convenience.

Can I travel during my dental implant treatment?

Yes, to a degree. There are large gaps of time between treatments where you can freely travel without fuss. But if you plan on being gone for months at a time, let us know! This way, we can adjust your dental implant schedule accordingly to fit your plans.

My child has a missing tooth. Can they get a dental implant?

Dental implants are not suitable for children or teenagers. Because their bodies are still developing, placing an implant could negatively impact that growth. We recommend people get dental implants once their bones have developed, growth has stopped and all adult teeth have come in.

If I’ve had dentures for ten years, can I still qualify for dental implants?

Yes! The primary goal is to get evaluated by Dr. Sanchez first, but we have had many patients with dentures who have successfully made the switch. To qualify for dental implants, it’s necessary that patients have a good foundation of jawbone for the implant. During your consultation with Dr. Sanchez we’ll take a look at the volume of jawbone in your smile, and if supplemental treatments will be needed.

I was told that I’m not ready for dental implants because of my jaw. What does that mean?

Every dental implant needs to be embedded into a certain volume of jawbone. Unfortunately, a common side effect of tooth loss is also jawbone depletion. If you have been told that you need more jawbone to receive dental implants, it may be recommended that you invest in a bone graft. This treatment applies new bone material to the jaw and helps it to regenerate, creating a more successful dental implant case. There is also the option to get zygomatic dental implants which are placed directly into your cheekbone.

Is the dental implant process painful?

No; in fact, during the placement process itself, we utilize safe sedation dentistry to ensure that you feel no pain and have no memory of the procedure. After the procedure, over-the-counter pain medication can help with the effects of pain and soreness. If you have any unusual pain or excessive bleeding, please contact us right away

What is the maximum age to get dental implants?

There’s no maximum age! That’s the beauty of dental implants. Many patients, regardless of their age, can qualify for dental implants or implant-supported dentures. While there is also no minimum age, there is a minimum condition to meet in order to qualify for dental implants. The best way to uncover your candidacy is to speak with Dr. Sanchez in a one-on-one consultation.

Ask Us Your Questions in Tehachapi, CA

Did we answer your dental implant questions? If not, don’t be afraid to ask us yourself! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sanchez.

About Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi

Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi provides comprehensive dental care to the people of Kern County in a friendly and comfortable environment. Under the ownership of Dr. Jose David Sanchez, Sedation and Implant Dentistry of Tehachapi focuses on the placement of dental implants, tooth restoration, IV sedation and dental anesthesia, making it among the most experienced dental offices in Tehachapi. Dr. Sanchez offers same day dental implant surgery for Kern County residents. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including Fellow of Misch International Implant Institute, Fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Fellow of Global Dental Implant Academy, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and California Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Sanchez continues to take hundreds of hours of continuing education courses yearly and stays up to date with the latest technology. This additional training, along with his 46 years of experience, makes Jose David Sanchez, D.D.S. one of the best dentists in Tehachapi.

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