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Mark Tickle, DMD
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

You will be able to eat after surgery. You generally want to eat softer foods while the surgical site heals. Foods high in protein will help provide your body the building blocks it needs to aid in healing. Foods to avoid after surgery are hard, crunchy and sharp such as potato chips, french fries and other fried foods.

Dental implants are a fantastic way to replace missing teeth. Implants are posts made from biocompatible titanium that are designed to integrate with your bone and provide a stable foundation for your dental implant crown. They provide an anchor, similar to the tooth root, to which a restoration may be mounted to complete your smile and your chewing surface. 

Most patients are good candidates for dental implants. To find out if you are a good candidate for tooth replacement with dental implants, we will evaluate your bone density and medical history. Certain illnesses and medications can prevent you from having dental implants.

We will also discuss your lifestyle to make sure that dental implants are a good choice for you. If you already have partials, dental bridges, or dentures, dental implants can secure your dentistry to give you more stability and self-confidence when you eat and speak. They also have the added benefit of assisting in the prevention of the bone loss that occurs when you start to lose teeth.

If you have missing teeth and would like to learn more about how dental implants can benefit you, call our Tuscaloosa, AL dental office today to learn more. We look forward to finding the tooth-replacement option that works best for your health and smile!


The implant process is typically done in phases. The surgical time is about 30-45 minutes. The healing process for implants is usually 3-4 months before your crown or denture can be attached. Bone must grow and fuse to the implant in a process called osseoinegration. Once this takes place the restoration can be made. 

No. The implant is placed under local anesthesia, just like a crown or a “filling”. Most patients tell us they have very little to no discomfort after the implant is placed and that is easier than having a tooth removed.

We gladly offer Laughing Gas to any patient who requests it. Laughing Gas is a great way to help you relax and lessen dental anxiety. You are able to drive home safely after you visit.

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