Published: 12/21/2016

Thirty-two. That is the number of permanent teeth most people will see grow into their mouths to replace their previous set. Yet as you age, your chances of keeping all 32 of those teeth will likely diminish. The National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research shows, your overall tooth count may begin to decrease with age, as the average American adult has been shown to have 27 teeth in his or her mouth between the ages of 20-34, 25 teeth between 35—49, and only 22 teeth by the time he or she reaches his or her sixties.


What can you do if the law of averages catches up to you in this case? Receiving dental implants may be the ideal treatment option to help you regain confidence in your smile. Yet dental implant placement is a surgical procedure and may cause you a bit of anxiety prior to receiving it. Not to worry; the information here may help assuage your stress.


Addressing the Most Common Concerns

Most fears regarding a dental implant placement procedure are due to the following three treatment aspects:

• What sort of pain you may feel during the procedure itself.
• What to expect during the recovery period.
• How long the treatment process will take overall.

A few simple explanations may help show you why you have little to fear. Dr. Jacqueline Subka will use imaging guidance to help detail the treatment area a few weeks prior to the procedure. During the placement itself, a local anesthetic can be used to keep you from feeling any pain. While you may feel minimal discomfort afterwards, that typically abates in a day or two, and can usually be remedied with non-prescription pain medication. Factoring in follow-up care, the entire process may be completed in as little as six to eight months.

Dr. Subka has helped countless patients like you regain the confidence to flash a toothy grin to the world once again. To answer any questions you have about receiving dental implants, call and speak with one of our staff members today.

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