Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the implant placement painful?
A: No, it is usually done under local anesthesia in the office
like a filling. Interestingly, implant placement is usually less
difficult and less painful afterward than the extraction of the
original tooth. Further, if you have anxiety, we can provide
the service using local anesthesia and oral conscious sedation so
the implant procedure can be even more benign.
Q: How much pain will I feel after implant
A: The discomfort you may feel should be minor. Most patients
typically use only Ibuprofen or Tylenol for a day or two after the
procedure. We do provide our patients with a perscription for
stronger pain medications as a back up so they have it if they need
it, but few tell us that it was necessary.
Q: How long does it take to place dental
A: Usually 40-90 minutes, depending on the location and the number
Q: What can I eat after having an implant
A: For a single implant or implants on only one side of your
mouth, you can start the first day with a soft diet but resume your
regular diet eating on the untreated side after that. If you
have implants placed on both sides of your mouth or multiple
implants to retain dentures or full mouth restorations we advise a
softer diet until the implants integrate into the bone.
Overall however we believe each case is different and we will
customize the post op instructions to best fit the individuals
Q: How long does placement, healing and construction of
the replacement teeth take?
A: Again every situation is different. For a single
tooth in healthy bone we can predictably provide the new implant
supported tooth in less than three months from the day of implant
placement. In other cases where the bone available is less
ideal or grafting (building up of the bone to better support
the implant) needs to be done, the process will take
longer. In overdenture cases it can take 2-4 months from
implant placement to attachment of your denture to the implants or
we can use a combination of mini implants and conventional implants
so your denture becomes implant retained the day of surgery.
As you are learning, every situation is different so that's why we
provide free consultations so you can learn more about the choices
available for your specific situation before you make a
Q: How do I care for my implant?
A: Home care for your implants is a lot like caring for your
teeth. There are differences in the size of implants versus
the size of your teeth so we will teach you some special techniques
but overall, you just need to brush and floss and keep regular
recall appointments with the office so we can monitor the implants
just as we do your teeth.
Q: How long does an implant last?
A: If your body accepts the implant, it should last many years if
cared for properly. Many implants have been in place for more than
Q: If my body rejects an implant, what
A: While this is rare as implants placed with the correct
protocols have a success rates of over 97%... implants that
do fail usually fail because the bone around them looses contact
with the implant due to too much force on the implant. In
those cases the loose implant is removed, the bone of the ridge is
treated if needed and once the bone heals another implant can be
placed if the patient desires.
Q: Are dental implants covered by insurance?
A: Like most elective procedures, dental implants are usually not
covered by insurance plans. However, we have found some plans do
cover certain treatments so we always submit a "pre-determination
of benefits" treatment plan to your insurance carrier so you will
know for sure. If your desired treatment is not covered we
have payment plan options like discounts for payment in advance or
at time of service, credit cards, or we can get you in touch with
Care Credit if a longer term payment plan is what you need.