Dental Implants Bakersfield
Q/A How many appointments do I need? In most cases there will be one appointment for placement of the implant, a second appointment to remove the sutures, monthly appointments to check on the implant during the healing period, a final appointment to expose top of the implant and attach the abutment portion (post). A second series of approximately 6 - 8 appointments is needed to fabricate the implant teeth.
Q/A What type of anesthetic will be used? A local anesthetic is generally sufficient for a simple procedure such as placement of a single implant. Our patients tell us that the procedure is quite comfortable. If multiple implants are being inserted, we recomment intravenous sedation (sleep) to insure your complete comfort. Of course sedation is always available for any procedure if you are anxious or merely prefer to be asleep.
Q/A How much discomfort and swelling can I expect after implant surgery? This varies with the individual and the length of the procedure. The majority of our patients experience very minor swelling and discomfort that is easily relieved with a mild analgesic such as Advil. This usually subsides within a few days.
Q/A How will I look while my implants are healing? Will I be aware that they are there? When appearance and/or function are affected a temporary denture of bridge will be fabricated (or your current one modified) to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience. Since the implants are covered by the gum tissue you will not be aware of them.
Q/A Will my new tooth or teeth look natural? Yes, but this will depend on the decision you make concerning the type of tooth replacement you desire. An implant tooth can be fabricated that is impossible to distinguish from a capped or crowned natural tooth. Your dentist will discuss tooth and facial esthetics with you.
Q/A How will the teeth be attached to the implant and what are the steps? Once the abutment posts are attached to the implants, teeth are then custom formed to attach to the top (or tops) of the post(s). The type of attachment will depend on your individual needs. When your implants are ready a minor procedure is performed to expose the top of the implant and attach the abutment (post) to the implant.
Q/A Will I be able to chew on the implant teeth with the same amount of force and pressure as I do with my natural teeth? Yes. In fact, the implant supported teeth may be stronger for chewing than your natural teeth.
Q/A Is the implant surgery a common procedure or is it considered experimental? More than 1000 patients are being treated every month with dental implants. The success of some implant systems has been clinically documented for over 20 years. For patients undergoing treatment today, the likelyhood of a successful restoration is nearly 100%.
Q/A Are the implants ever rejected? The body can reject living transplants (kidney, heart) but your implants are made of sterile titanium, so rejection is not a concern. However, there is a small possibility that the bone will either not attach or lose its attachment with the implant surface. Should this type of implant "failure" occur the implant can easily be removed and very possibly be replaced with another implant that will be successful.
Q/A How soon would I know if an implant that fails to become integrated and attached to the bone? The majority of the time, we will know at the same time the implants are uncovered for attachment of the abutment and prior to the placement of the teeth on the implants. This occurs three to six months after implant placement.
Q/A How successful is this procedure? The case success rate for patients undergoing treatment today is high - nearly 100%. Even if one implant fails, very often the restoration can be completed and kept secure by the successful remaining implants. In any event a failed implant will be gently removed and possibly replaced, either immediately or after a period of healing.
Q/A How long will my implants last? The statistics on longetivity of various implant systems show that implants can last over 25 years. There is no time limit of the life expectancy of a successfully integrated implant. Longetivity will be affected by homecare, illness, smoking, and maintenance.
Q/A Will my insurance pay for my implants? Your medical or dental insurance may pay for a portion of your treatment. The extent of your coverage will depend on your plan, your employer's contract with the carrier, and the reason for implant placement.