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Dental Implant FAQs

April 5, 2014
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Posted By: Dr. Igor Kaplansky
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Is There a Minimum Age for Dental Implants in Gasport, NY?

The only limitation we have is that bone growth is completed at the time of implant placement. Completion of bone growth generally happens during the teen years.

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 determines when your bone requires augmentation via a graft to facilitate implant placement. Bone grafting may be performed before implant placement or in conjunction with implant placement.

How Long Does It Take to Place a Dental Implant?

This depends on the number of implants placed and the complexity of your case. Dr. Kaplansky, your dental implant dentist in Lockport, NY, uses modern technology such as Cone Beam Computer Tomography to visualize anatomy. With this approach, he can also pre-plan the surgery on a specialized computer program and order computer-generated surgical guides. This allows Dr. Kaplansky to safely and quickly place multiple implants. 

If I'm Diabetic, Can I Be a Candidate for Dental 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 ensure your best interests are taken care of.

How Do I Care for My New Dental Implants?

Dental implants near Terrys Corners, NY 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 and 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 a Dental Implant Last?

With proper home care and 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. Immediate placement is preferred over delayed placement due to shorter healing times and lower risks for bone loss. If Dr. Kaplansky determines that immediate placement provides the best long-term result for you, an implant can be placed in the extraction site immediately after removing a tooth.

What Are Implants Made Of?

Most modern dental implants are made of surgical-grade titanium alloy because it is safe and readily accepted by the human body. It also becomes firmly integrated into the bone tissue, providing a solid foundation for your new smile. It's for these same reasons that titanium has long been recognized as the best option in orthopedic surgery.

Will I Be in Pain After the Dental Implant Procedure?

Dr. Kaplansky uses local anesthetics during the placement of your implants so you do not have any discomfort. We also offer sedation dentistry in Gasport, NY to help you relax. The mild pain you may experience after surgery can 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 dental appliance to see you through. 

What if the Implant "Doesn't Take?"

Dental implants in their modern form have been used since the early '80s. 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 percent. Factors such as uncontrolled systemic diseases (diabetes, thyroid diseases, some cancers, etc.), infections, smoking, and poor oral hygiene contribute to implant failure. In the rare event that a dental implant fails, Dr. Kaplansky will remove it and either replace it with another implant or suggest an alternative solution.

How Long Does the Dental Implant Treatment Process Take?

"Typical" single implant treatment takes 3-4 months. After the implant placement, your body starts to grow bone around it to lock it in place. This takes a few months. Many times implants can be placed and restored in one day! Especially multiple implants that are connected to restore an entire arch of teeth. It all depends on the quality and quantity of surrounding bone, your general health, and 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.

Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?

No! There is no upper age limitation. Dental implants are an excellent option for getting rid of loose dentures and restoring your smile to its original shape. We offer both full-size implants and mini implants. Additionally, we tailor treatment to each patient's needs and wants. Dr. Kaplansky has completed implant treatment on many patients in their 80s and even 90s. The only "regret" we routinely hear from these happy patients is: "I should've done this years ago."

Contact Our Top Dental Implant Dentist in Lockport, NY

We specialize in dental implants and offer a variety of options for our patients. If you need more information on dental implants, please contact our Gasport dental office today!
Serving all locations, including Gasport, Lockport, Terrys Corners,  Wrights Corners, Carlisle Gardens, Hartland, and Highland Park.

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