After Dental Implant Placement FAQ

What can I use for teeth while the implants heal?

There are many options are available for temporary teeth during the healing of dental implants, and options available to your specific situation will be discussed with you. Occasionally, some implants can be placed and “loaded” immediately with an implant supported restoration. This means a temporary replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the implant is placed.

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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 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). 

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, however, most instances involve 2-3 months of maturation prior to the final restoration.  A temporary restoration can be fabricated for use during the healing period.  We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.

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Dental 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 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?

Implant dentistry is typically a team approach where your periodontist/surgeon places the dental 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. 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.  The cost of dental implant treatment can vary greatly depending on specific factors of the case.  Many times insurance will cover a portion of treatment, and pre-authorization can be obtained to assess the extent of coverage and out-of-pocket costs.  Payment plans are also available.