After Implant Placement
What Can I Use For Teeth While The Implants Heal?
Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day. Depending on your particular situation, some implants can be placed and “loaded” immediately. This means a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the implant is placed.
When Are The Replacement Teeth Attached To The Implant?
The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant when adequate healing has occurred and the implant is firmly fused to your jaw bone (osseointegration). Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. Along with your restorative dentist, we will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.
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 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?
Usually, an oral surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Both doctors are involved in planning your dental treatment. Depending on a variety of factors, other dental specialists (orthodontist, endodontist, etc.) may help with your care.
How Much Does All Of This Cost?
When different doctors (surgical and restorative) are involved in your treatment, you will be charged separately for their services. Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the surgical expenses involved in placing the implants.
Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. If your specific treatment options are not clear, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about your dental care.