Dental Implants Frequently asked questions

Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?

If the implant site is of cosmetic concern, there are a variety of temporary options to get you through the healing phase. In some cases, a temporary crown can even be placed onto the implant at the same time as surgery.

Do dental implants hurt?

With whatever anesthetic choice you pick, be assured that you will be comfortable throughout the implant procedure. After surgery, you’ll be relieved to know that most of our patients experience very little if any, discomfort which is usually managed well with over-the-counter pain medications. Any necessary prescriptions provided to you will be discussed prior to your discharge.

Do dental implants feel like real teeth?

Yes, in fact, many patients can’t tell their implants from their natural teeth once they have been restored.

Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?

Patients typically take anywhere from a few hours to a few days off of work, depending upon the extent of their surgery.

What if I am missing a lot of teeth?

We treat patients ranging from the loss of one tooth to the complete loss of all teeth in an arch(s). Your surgeon and the restorative dentist will review your scans and develop a variety of treatment options for your specific case. You will then have the opportunity to pick the most appropriate choice to satisfy your concerns and desires.

What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?

Dental implants have an extremely high success rate. However, as with any other surgical procedure, there can be complications including the loss of the implant. If this were to occur, in most cases the implant can be replaced successfully.

How long do dental implants last?

Studies have shown that properly placed and well-cared-for dental implants can last indefinitely. Advanced technology and experience enable us to give you the very best chance of keeping yours for life!

How do I care for my implants?

Care for your implants just like you do your natural teeth: by brushing twice and flossing once daily. Regular check-ups with your restorative dentist are required to maintain the health of your implants and prosthesis.

Call one of our conveniently located offices today if you have any questions or to schedule your appointment with Pristine Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.