Dental Implant FAQs

Yes. Dental implants are a safe tooth replacement option. The implant post is made of medical-grade titanium and helps provide stability to the jaw bone, which improves overall oral health. Many patients turn to dental implants because they are easy to take care of and improve the structural integrity of the jaw bone, which also prevents bone deterioration. The procedure itself is extremely safe, as our practice utilizes 3D CBCT scanning in addition to X-Guide™, an advanced surgical guidance technology. This allows your doctor to view real-time guidance, ensuring the implant post is placed with absolute precision.

A dental implant can replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. If you’re missing teeth in different areas of your mouth, dental implants may be the right choice. If you are missing many teeth in your upper or lower dental arch, you may be a candidate for the All-on-4® treatment concept. This procedure provides you with a new dental arch (or arches) supported using only four dental implant posts.

Typically, it takes between 3 and 6 months for the implant post to fuse with your jaw bone. This time may vary depending on your age, jaw bone condition, and your body’s healing abilities.

Dental implants are permanent, so they don’t need to be removed or cleaned using special rinses. Many patients find that dentures are uncomfortable and find it embarrassing to have to remove them. Additionally, dentures will need to be replaced over time as they wear down or as the structure of your mouth changes.

It is normal to be concerned about the amount of pain associated with any surgical procedure. As an oral surgeon, Dr. Foxson is specially trained in the safe administration of IV sedation and offers a variety of anesthesia options. We want you to feel safe and comfortable during treatment, and we are happy to discuss anesthesia with you during your consultation.

Many dentists can perform general dentistry procedures, but when a procedure falls outside of their scope of work, they refer their patients to an oral surgeon. Oral surgeons undergo an additional 4 to 6 years of additional training after dental school. During this training, they are trained in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation and gain experience performing surgical procedures in a hospital-based setting.