Dental Implant Q&A

Fill the gaps left by missing teeth for a fuller smile with dental implants. Dental implants restore one or more missing teeth to provide stability and prevent shifting and overcrowding teeth. Each dental implant is made of a titanium post, abutment, and dental crown. We surgically insert the implant post into the jaw bone, where it fuses with the bone tissue over a 3 to 6 month period. The abutment connects the titanium post to the dental crown, which is crafted from durable porcelain ceramic.

Dr. Tom Trinkner wants his patients to stay informed about their dental options in his Columbia, South Carolina dental office. Call his office for comprehensive dental solutions today at 803-400-8729 or request a consultation with Dr. Trinkner on our website if you need to replace one or multiple lost teeth. Learn the answers to commonly asked questions that many of our patients about dental implants below:

Dental Implants in Columbia, South Carolina

Dental Implant FAQs

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants can help patients improve their speech, the appearance of their smile, and their oral health. Placing dental implants in empty tooth sockets can prevent shifting teeth, overcrowding, tooth decay, and bite misalignment. Dental crowns that cap off dental implants look just like natural teeth and can be color-matched to existing teeth.

Is dental implant treatment painful?

We use anesthesia during dental implant treatment to numb the treated area for a pain-free procedure. Dr. Trinkner will also provide you with a prescription for pain medication to be taken post-op. You will feel some soreness after your implant procedure, but excessive pain is abnormal. If you are in severe pain or feel pain for many days following your implant procedure, please contact our office and we will help.

Are dental implants worth the long treatment time?

Yes. Restorative options that are removable such as dental bridges or dentures need more replacements or repairs than dental implant-secured restorations. Although dental implant treatment requires multiple months to complete, they are the longest-lasting dental restoration. Removable dental treatments may have a quicker treatment time, but will not last as long or provide durability for years.