After Implant Placement

What Are The Potential Problems?

Although it is natural to be concerned about the potential problems that may be associated with implant surgery, most patients do not experience significant post-operative pain. Antibiotics and pain medication will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible.  Great effort is taken to place the implant precisely.  When an implant is placed, there is a chance that the nerve in the lower jaw, which provides sensation to your lower lip and chin, may be affected. If you are missing quite a lot of bone, it might be difficult to place an implant without infringing on the nerve space. Although we take great care to avoid this nerve, occasionally it is irritated during the procedure, resulting in tingling, numbness or lack of sensation in your lip, chin or tongue. Usually these altered sensations will resolve within time.  The doctor will review surgical risks on your consultation day. 

Many options are available to restore your teeth with implants. If  all of your teeth are missing, your dentist can make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day. This means a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the implant is placed.

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How Long Will The Implants Last?

Implants last a long time. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies (more than 30 years) show an 80 to 90 percent success rate. For patients missing one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of greater than 95 percent, which compares favorably with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). 

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 jawbone fuses to the implant.  Your dentist will take impressions for your new crown, after the abutment has been placed by our office.  

Great precision and attention to detail is involved in restoring dental implants.  The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement tooth to be completed 3-4 months after implant placement.

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Dental Implants

are the most technologically advanced and longest lasting tooth replacement option available. Restore your confidence… Smile, Eat and Enjoy!

How Do I Clean My New Teeth?

As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported teeth  regularly with toothbrushes and floss.  You should visit your dentist for regular hygiene and maintenance appointments. Implant crowns and implant supported bridges/dentures are subject to wear and tear, and may eventually need repair, including screw tightening, relines, or other adjustments.

Will One Doctor Do Everything?

Dr. Kilkuts places the implant and performs other necessary surgical procedures. Your dentist will provide the permanent replacement teeth. Both doctors work together in planning your dental treatment.

How Much Does All Of This Cost?

To determine your treatment needs and options, an implant evaluation and panoramic x-ray is necessary.  Before treatment begins, you will receive a written estimate of cost for implant surgery. Your dentist will provide you with their cost for the final crown or denture as well.