After Implant Placement FAQ
WHAT ARE THE LIKELY COMPLICATIONS AFTER DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY?
Patients may feel pain some minutes to hours after the surgery when the anesthesia wears out. This discomfort is reasonable, and the analgesics prescribed by the doctor should help relieve you of pain and discomfort.
The surgery site could become infected, and our doctors often prescribe antibiotics and dental hygiene techniques to reduce the risk of post-operative infection.
Injury to adjacent tissue
Even though great caution and care are taken, there may be damage to the adjoining nerve in the lower jaw that is responsible for sensation in the lower lip and chin. If the nerve was irritated during the procedure, it might produce tingling sensation of the mouth, tongue, or chin. Nearby gum tissues may also be injured or inflamed, and these altered sensations will resolve on their own, but they can be permanent or painful. It is necessary to notify your caregiver if you notice any abnormal sensation.
HOW LONG WILL I USE THE IMPLANTS?
The implants can stay in place for a very long time, and studies have shown they remain fixed for more than 30 years if they heal correctly. If there are complications, they may stay for a lesser period. Generally, there is a success rate of more than 95 percent, when compared with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (like the hips or knees). An alternative may be necessary if the implant fails to heal completely.
AT WHAT POINT IS THE REPLACEMENT TOOTH ATTACHED TO THE IMPLANT?
Replacement teeth are often attached to the implant when it is adequate, and your jaw bone is securely fused to the implant. This option depends on a variety of reasons, and it is possible to begin this aspect of your treatment immediately or during a short time after implant placement. Each patient is given the best care timeline.
Part of the treatment includes making new teeth and later placing them over the implant. This process can be completed with few appointments and does not require local anesthesia.
First, we will have to make specialized impressions to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We also take bite records to ensure alignment of your upper teeth with the denture. Some different materials/abutments can be used based on what you prefer, and they include gold, tooth-colored enamel, or other off the shelf options. The cost and time also depend on your choice of material, especially the custom-made ones like gold.
Each patient will require a specific time and spend varying amount depending on the choices they make as well as the number of teeth involved. There are lab work and follow-up care during this time, and there may be a need for extended appointments.
You may be required to visit us as much as five times within a few months if you need a removable denture as the final restoration. We will put in every effort to ensure you get the best and most comfortable temporary replacement teeth.
On average, tooth replacement can be completed between 1 to 12 months after placing the implants. As a result, it is challenging to give you a fixed treatment cost, but we can offer you an estimate based on our experiences with patients in our office. We may not be able to also give you the time for completion of your restoration.
Implants are the most medically advanced and longest-lasting tooth replacement option available. Restore your smile and confidence…, Eat and Enjoy!
are the most technologically advanced and longest lasting tooth replacement option available. Restore your confidence… Smile, Eat and Enjoy!
WHICH WAY IS BEST TO CLEAN MY NEW TEETH?
Just like natural teeth, it is necessary for you to clean implant-supported dentures using toothbrushes, floss, and any other aid recommended by your dentist. There is also a need for a regular dental visit several times each year for hygiene and maintenance. There may be a need for repairs over time, and this may involve clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other adjustments.
WILL A DOCTOR DO EVERYTHING PERFORM ALL THE TASKS?
Often, a dental surgeon will place the implants while your general dentist handles fixing the temporary or permanent replacement teeth. They both work hand in hand to plan your treatment, and depending on your needs, dental specialists may be involved in your care.
WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF DENTAL IMPLANT TREATMENT?
We will provide you an accurate estimate before commencing treatment. It will detail the cost of diagnostic workup like x-rays & blood test, the cost of placing implants and making and placing replacement teeth. Also, charges will be given for the abutments as well as follow-up hospital visits for hygiene and maintenance.
When more than one dentist is attending to you, you will need to pay them separately, and we will work with you to estimate your actual payment and handle your insurance or other third-party payments. It is essential to know what your finance and insurance coverage can cover before you begin.
Finally, every patient is unique, and we cannot discuss every option or possible outcome. You can find enough information on this website to help you prepare for what to expect and the general treatment options you can access. If you have any further questions or need clarification regarding your treatment option, please contact us at Gastonia NC – Gaston Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we are happy to answer you about your dental care.