After Implant Placement
What Can I Use For Teeth While The Implants Heal?
What Are The Potential Problems?
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. Patients are prescribed Antibiotics & Instructions are given how to take them for this procedure. There are certain risk factors as with any surgery, which are very minor & are discussed at consultation visit.
How Long Will The Implants Last?
Implants usually last a long time. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies (more than 30 years) show an upto 93 percent success rate. For patients missing one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of greater than 95 percent, which compares favorably with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). There are certain conditions such as Diabetes, osteoporosis & certain immunocompromized situations which will be discussed at consult visit. Implants will stay succesful if instructions are followed carefully & normal maintenance is done just as if taking care of normal teeth.
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 jawbone 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. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.
The dental work required to complete your treatment is complex. Most of the work involves actually making the new teeth before they are placed. Your appointments are considered more comfortable and more pleasant than previous methods of tooth replacement. Frequently, this process can be performed without local anesthesia.
Your restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allow us to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records so that we see the relationship of your upper and lower jaws. With this information, we will make the abutments (support posts) that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of abutments exist. This is done in conjunction with your restorative Doctor.
The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, as few as three short appointments may be required. Between appointments, we will need time to complete the necessary lab work to make your replacement teeth. It is most beneficial that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.
In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed anywhere from 3-6 months, but depending upon your individual case the time line can vary, ultimate goal is success for our patients treatment.
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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 as per recommended visits each year for hygiene and maintenance.
Will One Doctor Do Everything?
Usually, Oral & Maxillofaciall surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist / Prosthodontist 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 All Of This Cost?
Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the expenses involving Implant surgery & other necessary procedures( Bone grafts etc.) at our consultation visit. Our consultation visit is complementary ,at that visit most details are covered. In some cases there may be additional charges for need for additional work up ( 3D scans, Study models) for the diagnostic the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result. Most these scans are done at very nominal cost & details will discussed at initial visit.
Your General Dentist will be able to provide the cost for restorative components as well number of visits required.
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 depends which insurance company provides what coverage .
Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. This booklet 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.