Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is the implant placement painful?
No, it is usually performed with local anesthesia (numbing) with the option of IV sedation for those who wish to remember nothing of the visit. Since the procedure is regenerative and focused on healing, careful attention is taken to reduce potential causes of pain. You will not even know the implant or implants has been placed as many patients comment.
How much pain will I feel after implant placement?
There is seldom discomfort and if so, can be easily managed with over-the- counter medications that you would normally take for a headache.
How long does it take to place dental implants?
Depending on the location and the number of implants, they may be placed in as little as 15-30 minutes.
What can I eat after having an implant placed?
Depending on your treatment and number of implants, you will be given a customized diet outline for the first few days and afterwards. Most treatments only require minor diet modification.
How long does placement, healing and construction of the replacement teeth take?
The entire process usually takes from 2 to 6 months, depending on your treatment needs. This gives the bone time to heal and attach to the implant(s). In some situations, implant and tooth replacement may be provided the same day which is called an “immediate implant” and is Dr Oshetski’s preferred placement method when appropriate.
What are immediate implants?
Some implants can be placed and restored in one day at the same time a failing tooth is removed. Dr. Oshetski will determine if you are a candidate for an immediate implant. Our “TeethXpress” treatment is revolutionary and places implants and teeth the same day,
How do I care for my implants?
Home care for your implants is customized and our hygienist will help you achieve the best method for caring for your implant. Regular dental visits are recommended for long-term health and success of your replacement tooth.
How long can implants last?
Implants can last decades if cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than 50 years.
If an implant fails to osseointegrate or “take”, what happens?
No worries, the implant is removed and another implant can often be placed in the same position to replace your tooth.
Are dental implants covered by insurance?
Depending on your insurance, most implants may be covered by your dental insurance plans. Our staff with help you finance you treatment and insurance benefits.