Implant Placement FAQ

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, in some cases a temporary transitional prosthesis can be placed along with the permanent implants on the same day.

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What are the potential problems after dental implant surgery?

Although it is natural to be concerned about the pain that may be caused by these procedures, most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible. Occasionally, some people develop post-operative infections that require additional antibiotic treatment. Even though great care is taken to place the implant precisely, occasionally other areas of the mouth are injured in the placement process. This is why Dr. Lines and Dr. Hoaglin use Guided Surgery Technology to avoid any complications during implant placement. If you have any questions or concerns about your surgery, please feel free to contact our office at any time.

How long will the implants last?

Implants usually last a long time. Drs. Lines and Hoaglin strive to create forever lasting smiles to all their patients. However, if one of your dental implants either doesn’t heal properly or loosens after a period of time, you may need to have it removed. After the site heals (or on occasion at the time of removal), another implant usually can be 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 your jaw bone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.

The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. It is most beneficial that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.

In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed anywhere from 3 to 6 months. For these reasons, it is difficult for us to give you a specific timeframe for completion of your treatment until after the implants are ready for restoration.

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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.

Will one doctor do everything?

Usually, a dental 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. Also, depending upon a variety of factors, different dental specialists may help with your dental care.

How much does dental implant treatment cost?

Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the expenses involved in placing the implants and making your replacement teeth. In many cases, there are initial charges for the diagnostic work-up, including study models, x-rays, and the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result.

We do our best to assist you in estimating what your actual payments will be after we evaluate your insurance coverage or other third party payments. Also, our Implant Treatment Coordinator will aid you in finding the best payment option for you should your insurance company provide limited or no coverage.

Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. This website is intended to help you understand the general treatment options available to you. 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.