Dental Implants FAQ
Is There a Minimum Age for Dental Implants?
The only age limitation we have in implant dentistry is the requirement that bone growth be completed at the time of implant placement to ensure predictable results. The completion of bone growth generally occurs around the age of 18 for males and 15 for females.
Will I Need a Bone Graft for My Dental Implant?
We can answer that question after your initial consultation. Utilizing our advanced in-office imaging technology such as 3D Computer Tomography Dr. Kaplansky will determine if your bone requires augmentation via a graft to facilitate implant placement. Bone grafting may be performed prior to implant placement or in conjunction with implant placement.
How Long Does It Take to Place a Dental Implant?
Average time is under an hour. This really depends on the amount of implants placed and complexity of your case. Dr. Kaplansky uses modern technology such as Cone Beam Computer Tomography to visualize patients anatomy, he is also able to pre-plan the surgery on a specialized computer program, and even order very accurate computer generated surgical guides. This allows Dr. Kaplansky to safely and quickly place multiple implants in one session, while minimizing the risk of complications and post operative discomfort.
If I am a Diabetic, Can I Be a Candidate for Implants?
Yes! However your diabetes must be well controlled, otherwise, it may adversely affect the healing process. If there is any doubt, we will consult with your family doctor to make sure your best interests are being taken care of.
How Do I Care for My New Implants?
Dental implants look like natural teeth, feel like natural teeth, and are cared for like natural teeth with your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. We ask that you pay special attention to the spaces between teeth as well as the transition to the gums to keep bacteria from getting to the jawbone and causing trouble. Dr. Kaplansky’s dental hygienists will work with you to develop a personalized home care program that’s right for you.
How Long Does an Implant Last?
With proper home care, regular professional cleanings and check-ups, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants are made of titanium and are more durable than natural teeth because titanium is not susceptible to problems like cavities.
Can Implants be Placed Immediately After Extraction of a Tooth?
In many cases, yes. In fact it's preferred to delayed placement due to shorter healing time and lower risk of bone loss. If Dr. Kaplansky determines that immediate placement will provide the best long-term result for you, an implant can be placed in the extraction site immediately after the removal of a tooth.
What are Implants Made of?
Most modern dental implants are made of surgical grade titanium alloy, because not only is titanium extremely safe and easily accepted by the human body, but it also becomes firmly integrated into the bone tissue to provide very strong foundation for your new smile. It’s for these same reasons that titanium has long been recognized as the best option in orthopedic surgery for procedures such as prosthetic joint replacement.
Will I Be in Pain After the Dental Implant Procedure?
Dr. Kaplansky uses very effective local anesthetics during the placement of your implants, so that you do not have any discomfort. We also offer sedative premeditation to help you relax. The mild discomfort you may experience after surgery will also be controlled with prescription medications.
Will I Be Without Teeth During Implant Treatment and the Healing Phase?
No! Regardless of the procedure, at no time will you leave the office without teeth. Dr. Kaplansky can make a temporary/transitional dental appliance that will make you look presentable. It will allow you to eat, talk and function throughout the course of treatment.
What if the Implant “Doesn't Take?”
Dental implants in their modern form have been used since the early 80's. In the last 30 years they have evolved into a very predictable and successful treatment option for patients with missing teeth. Statistically the success rate of implants has been 97-99% Factors such as uncontrolled systemic diseases (diabetes, thyroid diseases, some cancers, etc.), infections, smoking and poor oral hygiene all contribute to implant failure. In an extremely rare event when a dental implant fails, Dr. Kaplansky will remove it and either replace with another implant, or suggest an alternative solution.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Process Take?
“Typical” single implant treatment takes 3-4 month. After implant is placed your body starts to grow bone around it and locks it in place. This is a slow process that spans over a period of 16 weeks. Many times implants can be placed and restored at the same time in one day! Especially multiple implants that are connected together to restore full arch of teeth. It all depends on the quality and quantity of surrounding bone as well as your general health and many other factors. Since there are so many variables, it's best to come in for a consultation and let Dr. Kaplansky examine you and explain everything in detail, providing you with a treatment plan that's best suited for your particular situation.
Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?
No! There is no upper age limitation. Dental implants are a wonderful option for getting rid of loose dentures and restoring your smile back to it's original shape. We offer both full size implants as well as mini implants and tailor treatment to each individual patients needs and wants. Dr. Kaplansky completed implant treatment on many patients in their80's and even 90's. The only “regret” we routinely hear from these happy patients is “I should've done this years ago”.