Know What to Expect with Treatment
Dental implants provide the ultimate in tooth replacement, a permanent solution that restores superior function and esthetics after tooth loss. However, the process for receiving dental implants is complex and requires more detailed planning than other restorative treatments. It may also leave you with many questions regarding the process, what to expect and how much it will cost. Our team at Susquehanna Oral & Maxillofacial Dental Implant Surgery is transparent about our treatments and will provide personalized solutions for your oral health needs and smile goals. We’ve created a list of common questions in Williamsport, PA that our patients ask about dental implants, and we encourage you to review them before scheduling a consultation with us.
Common Questions About Implants
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is made up of three parts: a titanium or ceramic post, an abutment and a restoration. Built to function like natural tooth roots, dental implants provide bone support and a stable foundation for a single dental crown, a dental bridge, a denture or a full arch prosthesis.
What makes dental implants “the gold standard”?
Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option, and they’re designed to last for decades. Because they are surgically inserted into the jawbone, they provide health and functional benefits comparable to natural teeth.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
Dental implants have achieved a consistently high success rate (over 95%) since their introduction decades ago. Greater success is achieved through a combination of surgical technology, high-quality materials, clinical experience and long-term maintenance.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Many patients are candidates for dental implants already, or can qualify after receiving preparatory treatments like bone grafting and tooth extractions. Candidacy is more accurately determined after a comprehensive consultation and evaluation with an implant dentist.
How much does treatment cost?
The cost of dental implants is based on many factors, including how many teeth are missing and for how long, the types of materials used, and what additional procedures are needed. Our team can help you apply for dental financing and will file insurance claims on your behalf to help you afford treatment.
What is dental implant surgery like?
With advanced surgical technology, modern dental implant placement is efficient and precise. Often, the procedure can be completed in just a few hours using patient-fitted surgical guides. The length of your surgery depends on several factors, but you’ll remain comfortable no matter how long it takes.
Will surgery be painful?
Dental implant surgery is completed while you are under sedation. You will feel no pain, and you may even sleep lightly through your procedure! Most patients have no memory of their appointment or the procedure.
What is the recovery like?
Dental implant placement is a surgical procedure and it’s recommended that you rest for a few days after your appointment. Patients generally report minor discomfort that can be mitigated with over-the-counter medication. You should be able to return to normal activities after one week. A soft food diet is required for the next several months as the implants integrate with your jawbone.
How long is the treatment process?
Dental implant treatment can range from a few months to over a year. In many cases, implants can be surgically placed soon after the consultation and treatment plan are complete. For patients needing bone grafting, this may be a separate procedure, requiring several months of healing before dental implant surgery. After dental implants are placed, healing can take three or more months before optimal integration is achieved and a final restoration can be permanently attached. In many cases, patients can wear a temporary restoration during healing.
How do I care for dental implants?
Dental implants are cared for just like natural teeth and require no special maintenance. Brush twice a day and floss once a day. Depending on your restoration, a water flosser may be needed to ensure all food debris is removed.
Do I need dental check-ups?
Yes, you should still maintain your routine dental appointments. Dental implant restorations are resistant to decay, but can still develop peri-implantitis. This infection of the gums around the implants develops as a result of bacteria from plaque and tartar buildup. You should maintain your regular dental hygiene routine and see your dentist every six months.
How long can I expect dental implants to last?
Dental implants are designed to last for decades, and have the potential to last for the rest of your life! Surgical technology and clinical experience, along with healthy habits, ultimately affect the longevity of your implants. Choosing an experienced implant team like ours at Susquehanna Oral & Maxillofacial Dental Implant Surgery provides more precise and accurate surgery that better guarantees the long-term success of your treatment.