After Dental Implant Placement FAQ
What can I use for teeth while the implants heal?
Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth “flipper” or a temporary bridge can be made. 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 is the success rate of implants and how long will they last?
The success rates for dental implants are well-documented, and have been shown to be in the 95-99% range for a period of 10 years–a rate very similar to knee and hip replacement. This success rate depends on site location and patient medical history, as well as surgeon experience. Patients who have impaired healing (diabetics, smokers) have a reduced success rate with dental implants, and this increased risk should be discussed and addressed prior to any implant placement.
While the success rate is high, 95% success rate means 1 in 20 patients will have an implant fail. This is a very real number and one to consider. Make sure to ask your surgeon questions regarding your individual risk, what the complications could be and the cost associated with treatment to fix them, which may be much more than the implant cost itself.
When are the replacement teeth attached to the implant?
The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant when adequate healing has occurred and your jaw bone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed in about 3-4 months.
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 dental 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 doctor do everything?
Usually, Dr. Beaini places the dental implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Both doctors are involved in planning your dental treatment. Also, depending upon a variety of factors, different dental specialists may help with your 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 expenses involved in placing the implants and making your replacement teeth.
When different doctors are involved in your treatment, you will be charged separately for their services. We will try to assist you in estimating what your actual payments will be after we evaluate your insurance coverage or other third party payments. Also, you should consider your personal financial investment in each treatment option as some insurance companies provide limited or no coverage.
Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. This website is intended to help you understand the general treatment options available to you. If your specific treatment options are not clear, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about your dental care.