Dental Implants

1) Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

     A: Typically the placement of the implant take a very short amount of time, and usually takes less than an hour.

2) WHEN DO I HAVE A TOOTH?

     A: This depends on your case.  You can have a tooth put on top of your implant the same day, or can have to wait for a period of up to 3-6 months (3 months most typical).  A temporary measure can be put in place if the gap is in an esthetic area (front of the mouth). It depends on how the implant fuses to your bone.  It it fuses lightly, it will need time to fuse harder before you can put strain on it with a tooth.

3) DOES IT HURT?

     A: Most patients report minimal to no pain at all. The procedure is done with local anesthetic (“Novocaine”). Oftentimes, some post-operative discomfort can be experienced if an extraction of an existing tooth is necessary or bone grafting.  This can be managed with prescription narcotics.  Most return to work the day-of or the next day.  Your surgeon will discuss your case with you in detail prior to you committing to surgery.  If you are nervous, you can take a pill and use concious sedation, but most of the time this is not necessary.

4) WHAT ARE STHE STEPS INVOLVED?

     A: step 1: remove any bad tooth that needs to be extracted (if needed) step 2: prepare the site with a bone graft (if needed) step 3: place the dental implant. After this, a healing period of zero days (immediate) or 3-6months will ensue where the implant fuses to the bone (you can’t see the implant in your mouth at this stage). step 4: the dentist will “restore” the implant with a lifelike tooth.  Dentist and Surgeon will work closely together to ensure best possible outcome.

5) HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?

     A: When getting an implant done you must consider the cost of the surgical part AND the “restoration” part (crown that fits on to implant that you actually see).  The price will also depend on if you need a tooth extracted and bone grafting.  COME IN FOR A FREE CONSULATION AND GET A FEE QUOTE

 

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