Patient Frequently Asked Questions Implants

Basic Information

  1. Am I a candidate for dental implants?

    Progressive Periodontics and Dental Implants (PPDI) can be determine if you are a candidate by a no charge implant consult and x-ray. Generally, if you are healthy enough to have a tooth out, you are healthy enough to have an implant.
  2. Is there a cost involved to find out if implants can help me?

    PPDI provides initial, no cost implant consultations.
  3. What are dental implants?

    Dental implants are titanium root forms that are used to replace missing teeth.
  4. What are the advantages of having a periodontist as my implant surgeon?

    A periodontist has advanced training in evaluating and treating the supporting structures of the mouth, such as the gum tissues and bone support. This is the foundation for the support of a dental implant. Because of their training, periodontists can coordinate and treat a broader array of dental problems that implant patients often have.
  5. Will they feel and work like my own teeth?

    Yes.
  6. Will my friends be able to tell that I have "false teeth?"

    Dental Implants will give you more confidence with a natural looking smile.
  7. How expensive are they?

    Dental implants are not inexpensive. However, patients surveyed after completion of treatment stated it was worth the investment and they would do it again. Compared to other options, tooth replacement by dental implant supported restoration is the best value.
  8. How predictable are they?

    Dental implants are one of the most predictable procedures in dentistry, with success rates over 95 %.
  9. How long do implants last?

    Statistics show that dental implants are the longest lasting replacement for teeth. They can last indefinitely if cared for properly.
  10. Will they affect my other teeth?

    Dental implants will only positively affect your other teeth by adding oral health value. Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implant supported replacements do not require potentially harmful alteration of other teeth.

Implant Placement

  1. What is the implant placement experience like?

    Implant placement is a minor office surgery. We reserve enough time for your appointment to ensure quality care. Actual placement usually takes about 15 minutes per implant. Post-operative discomfort is usually controlled by over-the-counter medications. Most people resume their normal routing the next day.
  2. Do I have to premedicate before my surgery?

    Patients generally start a one week course of antibiotic therapy an hour before the procedure. Patients who routinely premedicate for dental care should follow their normal pre-procedural dosing regimen.
  3. How can I get enough support for implants if I don't already have it?

    The doctors at PPDI are experts in creating bone support for implants. They have helped many people who thought they didn't have enough support get implants.
  4. What is a sinus lift?

    For the upper back teeth, it is sometimes necessary to lift the floor of the sinus to gain bone support for an implant. This is a minor office surgery.
  5. What are block bone grafts?

    They are block segments of bone that are affixed to your own bone. They are used to create enough bone to support an implant.
  6. What materials choices do I have for block grafting?

    Options include materials from tissue banks or from other areas of your own jaw.

Implants and Tooth Replacement

  1. Can implants be used to replace a single missing tooth?

    Of all the choices available, implants are the best choice for replacing a single missing tooth.
  2. Can they be used to replace several missing teeth?

    Yes.
  3. Can they be used to replace all the teeth?

    Dental implants can support, retain and stabilize dentures.
  4. Can they be used to make my dentures stay in and work better?

    You can enjoy food and life without discomfort and embarrassment with as few as two fixtures with attachments on them for the denture to clip onto.
  5. Once an implant is placed, how long do I have to wait for tooth replacement?

    Each case is unique - in some instances, immediate restoration can be made; in others, it may be necessary to wait two to four months. Temporary replacements are available in those cases.
  6. If I need temporary tooth replacement, what is available?

    Removable and non-removable replacements are available.
  7. What is a removable temporary tooth replacement?

    When a front tooth has to be removed and an implant cannot be inserted and restored the same day, a removable temporary tooth can be inserted the same day the tooth is removed. This is commonly called a "flipper." It is removable in that the tooth supporting appliance can be taken in and out of the mouth.
  8. What is a non-removable temporary tooth replacement?

    When a front tooth is going to be replaced by an implant, a temporary tooth can be attached to the implant the same day the implant is put in. This eliminates the need for a removable replacement while waiting for the implant to unite to the bone.
  9. Under what circumstances can final tooth replacement be made at the same time as the implant is placed?

    When an implant is held firmly in strong bone at the time of placement.

Caring for Dental Implants

  1. Once I have implants, how do I care for them?

    Implants are easy to care for - you brush and floss them just like your natural teeth.
  2. Can I have a new implant placed if I happen to lose one?

    Yes, a failing implant can removed. Often bone grafting material is placed in the area, with reevaluation for implant placement in 3-4 months.
  3. What if I lose a tooth next to one supported by a dental implant?

    The missing tooth can simply be replaced by one supported by another implant.

Financing Options

  • Does PPDI offer patient financing?

    Yes, we have financing options to help you obtain a healthy, natural looking and feeling smile.