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There are numerous solutions available, all of which are customized to your specific needs. Temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be created if you require a substitute tooth while the implants heal. If you are missing all of your teeth, we may usually adjust your existing complete denture or manufacture you a new temporary denture. If you prefer non-removable teeth while healing, temporary transitional implants can generally be placed alongside the permanent implants, and temporary teeth can be produced and installed on the same day. Depending on your specific situation, certain implants can be placed and “loaded” right away. This means that a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on the same day or soon after the implant is implanted.
Although it is reasonable to be concerned about the discomfort that these treatments may cause, the majority of patients do not experience severe or substantial post-operative pain. You will be given pain medications and antibiotics to help you heal as quickly as possible. Some people acquire post-operative infections that necessitate further antibiotic treatment. Even when great care is taken to ensure that the implant is properly placed, surrounding teeth are occasionally injured during the insertion process. Furthermore, the nerve in the lower jaw that provides sensation to your lower lip and chin may be impacted. If you are missing a significant amount of bone, it may be difficult to place an implant without invading the nerve space. Despite our best efforts, this nerve is occasionally affected during the treatment, resulting in tingling, numbness, or a complete lack of sensation in your lip, chin, or tongue. These altered sensations usually go away with time, although they might be permanent and/or painful. If you notify us about post-operative numbness as soon as possible, we will be able to manage your treatment more effectively.
Implants normally have a long lifespan. Long-term studies (more than 30 years) suggest an 80 to 90 percent success rate when patients are missing all of their teeth. According to recent studies, the success rate for patients missing one or more teeth is greater than 95 percent, which compares favorably to other areas of the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). However, if one of your dental implants fails to heal properly or becomes loose over time, you may need to have it removed. Another implant can generally be implanted once the site heals (or, on rare occasions, at the time of removal).
When your jaw bone has firmly bonded to the implant and appropriate healing has occurred, the replacement teeth are usually connected to the implant. Depending on several conditions, you may be able to start this part of your therapy immediately or soon after implant placement. We will discuss the best treatment sequence and timing for your specific case.
The dental procedure needed to complete your therapy is intricate. The majority of the work entails creating new teeth before they are put. Your sessions are thought to be more comfortable and enjoyable than prior techniques of tooth replacement. This procedure is frequently performed without the use of a local anesthetic.
Your restorative treatment will begin with customized impressions that will enable us to create a copy of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records to see how your upper and lower jaws interact. We will use this information to create the abutments (support posts) that will connect your replacement teeth to your implants. Abutments are available in a range of shapes and sizes. We typically use “off the shelf” abutments. Custom abutments are sometimes required to be constructed of gold or tooth-colored ceramic material. As you may expect, these custom-made abutments raise the cost and length of therapy. Choosing which abutment to use is a decision that is typically postponed until healing is complete and impressions are formed.
Each patient requires a varied number of appointments and a different amount of time for each appointment. There are no two instances similar, and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the procedure must be carried out with great care and attention to detail. If you simply need a few teeth replaced, you may only need three short appointments. We will need time between consultations to do the necessary lab work to produce your replacement teeth. You must attend all of your planned visits.
If you have a detachable denture as your ultimate restoration, you may need to come to as many as five office appointments (though it may be fewer) during the next few months. During these appointments, we will take impressions, bites, and adjust your new teeth, as well as the unique support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that will hold your teeth to the implants. Throughout this time, every effort will be made to provide you with comfortable temporary replacement teeth.
In general, you should expect your tooth replacement therapy to take anywhere from 1 to 12 months after your implants are set. Due to these factors, we are unable to provide an exact cost for the restorative portion of your treatment; nevertheless, you should receive a realistic estimate from our office. It is also difficult to provide you with a timeline for finishing your therapy until the implants are ready for restoration.
Cleaning implant-supported restorations with toothbrushes, floss, and any other suggested aids is just as important as cleaning normal teeth. You should also see your oral surgeon regularly for hygiene and maintenance. Your implants and their related components, like conventional dentures and other tooth replacements, are subject to wear and tear and may ultimately require repairs, such as clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other modifications.
A dental surgeon typically puts the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures; your general oral surgeon offers temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Your dental treatment is being planned by both doctors. Different dental professionals may also assist you with your dental treatment, based on a variety of circumstances.
Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to provide you with an exact estimate of the costs associated with implant placement and the fabrication of your replacement teeth. In many situations, an initial fee is charged for the diagnostic work-up, which includes study models, x-rays, and the creation of a surgical template to assure the best possible outcome. In addition, the abutment or support post(s), as well as the crown, dentures, or anything else that will be placed over the implants, including temporary restorations, will be paid. Periodic maintenance, like hygiene visits, tissue conditioners, denture relines, and other repairs, will also be charged extra.
You will be charged separately for the services of each doctor who is engaged in your treatment. After we assess your insurance coverage or any third-party payments, we will endeavor to assist you in predicting your actual payments. You should also assess your financial investment in each treatment choice because some insurance companies offer limited or no coverage.
Because each patient is unique, we can’t detail every treatment option and contingency. This website is designed to assist you in understanding the general treatment options accessible to you. Please contact us if your specific treatment options are unclear. We would gladly address any queries you may have regarding your dental care.
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