Questions Regarding Dental Implants

Dental implants are a comprehensive treatment for tooth loss. The procedure restores your smile’s aesthetic, in addition to giving you a stable and well-functioning bite. If you are considering this tooth replacement option, the following are commonly asked questions regarding dental implants:

Who should get dental implants?

Implant-supported restorations are an option for those with missing teeth. Many patients are qualified to receive them, but not everyone is suited for this tooth replacement method without pre-procedures. Dental implants are an effective option for individuals if they have:

One or more missing teeth.
Healthy tissues including bone and gums.
Difficulty tolerating traditional dentures.

Why is implant treatment completed in phases?

Dental implant treatment is a process that takes anywhere from three to nine months to complete, depending on patients’ needs and the speed at which they heal after surgical care. Additional time may be required if the patient is in need of a bone graft prior to implant placement surgery.

After placement, the biocompatible implant post must be given time to integrate and create a strong foundation for the restoration. Additional steps in the process, including placement of the final abutment and restoration, add time to the entire length of your procedure. While it’s a time investment for many patients, the results are positively life-changing. 

Are dental implants safe?

Implants are proven to be safe for individuals whose health is strong enough to support dental surgery. Unlike traditional prosthetics, implants do not have an adverse impact on bone, gums, or surrounding teeth. If you have a pre-existing medical condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, consult with your primary doctor before having dental implant surgery. 

What is the success rate of dental implants?

The dental implants success rate is approximately 95% across the United States. If you like, Dr. Okamoto can provide more information on his practice’s success rate during your consultation and treatment planning appointment. 

To create optimal success for implant treatment, the post must fuse with the jawbone. Implant failure or complications are minimized at our practice, as Dr. Okamoto thoroughly evaluates patients’ health and recommends pre-treatment whenever necessary. He also advises patients on keeping up with a good oral hygiene routine to prevent soft tissue problems.

Can my regular dentist perform my dental implant procedure?

While many general dentists place and restore implants, it is important to do your research to increase chances for success. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Okamoto is trained in the art and science of smile restoration through advanced procedures. Prior to scheduling your procedure, we invite you to call our office and learn more about our doctor’s training, qualifications, and success with implant care. We clarify any questions you may have regarding dental implants and the treatment process. 

Contact Okamoto DDS in Torrance, CA for any further questions or concerns you may have on dental implants. Our goal is to help you achieve your best smile while feeling comfortable throughout the process. 


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Steven K. Okamoto, DDS
Michelle Okamoto, DDS

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