After Implant Placement

What Can I Use For Teeth While The Implants Heal?

  • Do nothing – Usually done for spaces that cannot be seen in your widest smile
  • Flipper – Usually holds one or two temporary teeth on a bar, for show only 
  • Existing Denture – Can be modified to fit your gums while the implants heal
  • Temporary Crown – Usually done in cosmetic areas for show only, a temporary crown is made slightly shorter than the final crown

What Are The Potential Problems?

We have had great success in our office and have managed to avoid the problems by using our Cone Beam CT technology. This simple CT allows us to locate the nerve and virtually plan the angulation, size and precise placement of the implant. 

  • Pain – The gums will feel the normal course of pain during the inflammatory process, typically 2-3 days.
  • Nerve Damage – Rare due to Cone Beam CT technology, but retraction (pulling) of the gum tissue can also stretch the nerve. If you feel tingliness or complete numbness, please contact our office for further instructions.
  • Infection or Mobility of the implant – This will cause a loss of the implant. It is important to avoid smoking and chewing directly on the implant while healing. Maintaining a basic hygiene routine of flossing, gentle brushing or rinsing two times a day will help avoid these problems.

How Long Will The Implants Last?

A balanced bite is the key to success in every aspect of dentistry. Implants usually last a lifetime when there is a balanced bite and you should be able to fully function on them. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies (more than 30 years) show an 80 to 90 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). However, if one of your dental implants either doesn’t heal properly or loosens after a period of time, you may need to have it removed. After the site heals (or on occasion at the time of removal), another implant usually can be placed. We strongly recommend you follow our instructions during the healing phase (no chewing directly on or playing with the site for 4-6 months) and no smoking.

When Are The Crowns Attached To The Implant?

The replacement teeth, or crowns, 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. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.

In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed anywhere from 4 to 6 months. 

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Dental Implants

are the most technologically advanced and longest lasting tooth replacement option available. 

How Do I Clean My New Teeth?

As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported restorations regularly with floss, soft toothbrush, and rinses. You should also visit your dentist and hygienist for regular cleanings and checkups.

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 Doctor Do Everything?

Experience and training matters.

A skilled oral surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures.

Your skilled dentist provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth (implant supported crown, bridge, or denture).

Both doctors are involved in planning your dental treatment. It is the same reasoning as building a strong , functioning house: A carpenter builds the frame, the plumber connects the pipes and the electrician wires the house.

How Much Does All Of This Cost?

Typical charges by our offices will include consult, x-rays, Implant, Bone Grafting (if needed), Collagen Membrane grafting (if needed), sedation (if needed), abutment (if requested by your dentist) all within the 10-25% of the ADA national fees for our zip code. There are no hidden or “extra” fees. There are many payment options available within our office to help you. 

Charges by your restoring dentist are separate from our office and is dependent on your coverage.