Post Implant Placement FAQ
Many options are available which can all be tailored to your specific requirements and needs.
If you require a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we have the ability to modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day. Depending on your particular situation, some implants can be placed and “loaded” immediately. This means a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the implant is placed.
What are the potential problems after dental implant surgery?
Although it is natural to be concerned about the pain that may be caused by these procedures, most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible. Occasionally, some people develop post-operative infections that require additional antibiotic treatment. Even though great care is taken to place the implant precisely, occasionally adjacent teeth are injured in the placement process. In addition, there is a chance that the nerve in the lower jaw, which provides sensations to your lower lip and chin area can be affected.
If you are missing a lot of bone, it might be difficult to place an implant without infringing on the nerve space. Although we take great care to avoid this nerve, occasionally it is irritated during the procedure, resulting in tingling, numbness or a complete lack of sensation in your lip, chin or tongue. Usually these altered sensations will resolve within time, but they can be permanent and/or painful. If you notify us of post-operative numbness as soon as possible, it will allow us to manage your care in the most appropriate way.
How long will the implants last?
Implants last a long time. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies show an 80 to 90 percent success rate. For patients missing only one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of more than 95 percent, which compares favorably with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). However, if one of your dental implants either does not heal correctly or becomes loose over time, you may need to have it removed. Once the site heals another implant can be placed in the area.
When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant?
The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant when adequate healing has occurred and the jaw bone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. We can review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation. Dental work required to complete treatment is complex. Most of the work involves making the new teeth before they are placed. Appointments are considered more comfortable and more pleasant than previous methods of tooth replacement and sometimes this process can be performed without local anesthesia.
The restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allows Oral Facial & Implant Specialists to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records, so that we can see how your upper and lower jaws bite together. Once we have this information, we can make the support posts that attach your replacement teeth to the implants. Other times, custom abutments must be made of gold or a tooth-colored ceramic material. As you can imagine, these custom-made abutments add to the cost and treatment time involved. Which abutment to use is a decision that often cannot be made until after healing is complete and impressions have been made.
The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, as few as three short appointments may be required. Between appointments, our practice will need time to complete the necessary laboratory work to make your replacement teeth, so it is recommended that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.
If your final restoration is a removable denture, you will need to come to as many as 5 office appointments (although it can be fewer) over the following several months. During these appointments, we will perform a series of impressions, bites, and adjustments in order to make your new teeth in addition to the custom support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that will secure your teeth to the implants.
During this period, every effort will be made to ensure you have the most comfortable, temporary replacement teeth.
In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed between 1 and 12 months after. For these reasons, it is difficult for us to tell you exactly how much the restorative phase of your treatment will cost, although you should receive a reasonable estimate from our office. It also is difficult to give you a specific timeframe for completion of your treatment until after the implants are ready for restoration.
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How do I clean my new teeth?
As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported restorations regularly with toothbrushes, floss and any other recommended aids. You should also visit your dentist several times each year for hygiene and maintenance. As with regular dentures and other tooth replacements, your implants and their associated components are subject to wear and tear and eventually will need repair, including clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other adjustments.
Will one dentist do everything?
The oral surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist is the one who provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Both are involved in planning your dental treatment. Also, depending upon a variety of factors, different dental specialists can help you with your overall dental care.
How much does dental implant treatment cost?
Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the dental implant treatment cost and all that is involved in placing the implants and creating replacement teeth. Generally, there is an initial charge for the diagnostic work-up, including study models, x-rays, and the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result.
In addition, you will be charged for the abutment or support post(s), plus the crown, dentures, or anything else that will be placed over the implants, including temporary restorations. Periodic maintenance such as hygiene visits, tissue conditioners, denture relines, and other repairs will also incur additional charges.
When additional dentists and oral surgeons are involved in your treatment, you will be charged separately for their services. We will assist you in estimating what your monthly payments will be after we consult with your insurance provider and other third parties. Also, you should consider your personal financial investment in each treatment option as some insurance companies provide limited or no coverage.