After 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 or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture. 

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How long will the implants last?

Implants usually last a long time. 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 short 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. If this implant loosens shortly after the procedure or before your crown is placed on the implant this replacement would normally come at no additional cost. 

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. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.

Your restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allow your dentist or prosthodontist to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. They will also make “bite” records to re-create a relationship of your upper and lower jaws. With this information, they will make the abutments (support posts) that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of abutments exist. Frequently, they can use “off the shelf” (stock) abutments. Other times, custom abutments must be made. An abutment is a part that will connect to the implant and also the new tooth. Which abutment to use is a decision that is made by the surgeon and your restorative dentist. 

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. During your consultation process the surgeon and your restorative doctor that makes the teeth/dentures will be able to answer specific questions as to how long the process should normally take until a tooth and or teeth are attached to the implant and or implants. 

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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 doctor do everything?

Usually, a oral surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist or prosthodontist provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Both doctors are involved in planning your dental treatment. 

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 the surgical procedure. As it pertains to the cost of the tooth and or teeth that are placed your restorative doctor will be able to provide that information. Remember an implant does not have the tooth already attached. This tooth needs to be custom to your mouth, bite and tooth color. Therefore there are three parts to replacing a missing tooth. 1) Dental implant 2) Abutment 3) Crown. For implant supported dentures its still three parts 1) Dental Implants 2) Parts that fit into the denture that attach to the implants 3) Denture. Sometimes your original denture will work and you can have it retro-fitted to the new dental implants.

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.