Am I a candidate for implants?
Most people are candidates for implants. There are some conditions that will not allow us to place implants. Ultimately the decision will be up to you, with the guidance of your dentist. Some conditions like osteoporosis or uncontrolled diabetes can cause a delay in healing and lead to implant failure.
How many appointments does the procedure take?
The first visit will be a consult with your doctor to discuss your implant options, timeline, and budget. At this visit, you will receive a general assessment of your mouth’s health and a full mouth x-ray. In some cases, we may ask you to get a CT scan. Once you decide on a course of treatment, we can make the appointment for the implant procedure.
Restoring a tooth with a dental implant will require multiple office visits. Every patient’s needs are unique and timelines vary. After the implant surgery, you may leave the office with a temporary crown so your mouth can function and appear as normal as possible until you get the permanent one.
The implant can take up to three or four months to heal. This time allows the implant to integrate to your bone. Once healed, the permanent crown or denture can be attached. Sometimes, the permanent crown can be placed on the same day as the implant. This option is not typical and must be carefully considered by you and your dentist.
Is it painful?
During the procedure, we typically provide local anesthesia to manage pain. We also offer Moderate Conscious Sedation (oral and IV) to help provide the most comfortable treatment possible. We use Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
After the implant is placed, general soreness can occur and last a few days. This can be remedied with an over the counter pain medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
Caring for your implants
Dental implants are designed to be a permanent tooth replacement option. By following special care and maintenance, they can last for years to come. Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush under and around your implants. You can even floss them like they are natural teeth. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.