“What is an implant?”
In the easiest terms, it is a new tooth root. It should be placed by an implant specialist, and allowed to heal properly before having it restored by your general dentist. More
than half of patients surveyed reported little to no pain with the surgical procedure and over 70% of survey respondents reported being “pleased” or “extremely satisfied” with the results.
Whether it is a single tooth, several teeth, or the entire upper or lower arch, implants can be used to replace your natural teeth. Treatment is coordinated with your general dentist, and a temporary prosthetic can be made for you to have during the healing phase (usually 4-6 months) if you so desire.
Don’t rush nature: It is my philosophy that ~4 months of healing after any type of surgery is minimally necessary before that area is put back into full use. Hopefully, all treatment goes well and the implant(s) and the prosthetic last many decades to come. By trying to rush this healing time, there is definitely an increased risk for failure and/or a compromised result.
Surgical specialist since 1992: We focus on the surgical aspect only and team up with your general dentist to help complete your implant treatment and optimize overall success.
“Teeth in a Day”: In most ideal situations of multiple (4-8) implants placed into SOLID bone (initial torque stability to 40Ncm), this technique can work. However, it can add significant additional costs (immediate temporary prosthetic ~$3,000) at your general dentist’s office and then later you will pay again for the final thing (~$15,000).
People who lost teeth due to clenching/grinding (bruxers) are not candidates for this technique.