1. Is the procedure painful?
Placing an implant is absolutely painless when local anesthesia is given properly. Patients may experience pressure-like soreness afterwards. They usually resume to their regular activities the day after the procedure. We also offer conscious sedation services to our patients to provide a stress-free experience.
2. Are dental implants a long-lasting solution?
Implants have shown to integrate well with bone through a process called osseointegration. The biomechanical profile of osseointegration can bear stress load above 200 Mpa (megapascal)1. This stress load is better than an actual tooth.
The key to maintaining this highly favorable profile long term is being compliant with maintenance. Implants have shown to have very high survival rate as high as 93% over 10 years2.
3. How long is recovery?
Implants can be inserted at the time when tooth is extracted (immediate implant) or after the extraction site has healed (delayed implant). An immediate implant in general can reduce the number of surgical procedures and overall cost. However, the extraction site must fulfill certain anatomic characteristics in order for immediate implant placement to be successful.
Osseointegration usually takes about 2 months after implant placement. Fortunately, most patients can wear a provisional crown during this time. The provisional crown is an important valuable tool to ensure esthetic lines are preserved throughout this process. A permanent custom-made crown can be made for the implant thereafter.
4. How can I take care of my implant?
The key to successful implant treatment is being compliant with our scheduled routine maintenance. During our maintenance visit, we perform a complete thorough examination including implant and teeth cleaning, including radiographs if necessary. Depending on certain risk factors and susceptibilities, your maintenance schedule may be more frequent.
5. Can implants have bone loss
Like teeth, implants can develop periodontal disease. Implants can suffer from diseases such as mucositis and peri-implantitis. Mucositis is an inflammatory disease of the mucosa around the implants without bone loss, while peri-implantitis involves bone loss. It is mainly for these two reasons why we insist on compliance with maintenance.
Treatment of mucositis involves a thorough debridement using either laser or chemical agents. Treatment of peri-implantitis is more complex, involving surgical therapy to adequately clean the implant and regenerate the lost bone. When there is greater than 50% bone loss around the length of the implant, removal of the implant is usually recommened.