I have been told that because of the fact that I do not have enough bone I am therefore not a good candidate for dental implants. Is that true?
The vast majority of the time this is in fact not true. Most anyone can be a candidate for dental implants. If the patient does not have enough bone for an implant directly, most of the time bone grafting can be performed to make it possible. A dentist who has a CT scanner in the office can evaluate how much bone is present.
I was told that I need a bone graft for my dental implant. What is that?
Using a bone graft means placing a synthetic material into the area that is deficient in bone to promote bone growth and stability for my dental implant. There are a number of biologic materials used as bone graft. This may include cadaveric bone, synthetic collagen material, or potentially a mixture of a hydroxyapatite substance mixed in with other materials like for instance ceramic.
Will I need general anesthesia for my dental implant procedure?
The answer is it is not an absolute necessity but a lot of patients appreciate being out for their procedure. If there implants are being placed on both sides of the mouth, for instance, sedation dentistry will allow the dentist to do just that. Otherwise, working on both sides of the mouth under local anesthesia can lead to a situation where the patient bites his or her tongue. Additionally, a significant amount of patients, while over 50%, maintain anxiety about having dental procedures performed. Sedation dentistry can therefore help substantially with this.
This how quickly will I be able to go back to work after the procedure?
Most of the time, patients are able to go back to work the next day after their dental implant. If you do have IV sedation for the procedure, you may need to rest up after the procedure and in order to maintain a clear mind it would be best to go to work the next day and not the same day.
How long does it take to place a dental implant?
Typically a dental implant can be placed within 10 minutes. This depends on whether that implant is a temporary one or a final placement. In the most modern dental offices, implants are fabricated on the spot within an hour. Regardless of where the implant is fabricated in an off-site laboratory or in-house, after the sedation is in place in the preparation placing the implant itself usually takes less than ten minutes.
Can I resume a normal diet after my procedure?
The answer is that with the more modern implants patients are typically able to resume a normal diet within 24 hours after the procedure. However, not all dentists use the most modern techniques, so please be sure to check with your individual dentist to make sure this is the case.
Will I need a temporary implant or can I have the final implant placed in the initial setting?
Dental implants often times can now be made directly in the dentist office. This depends on whether not the dentist maintains the CAD/CAM technology that exists to fabricate these implants. For instance, the CEREC porcelain crown technology allows for porcelain crowns to be manufactured in the dentist office milled, glazed, all in one and then implanted procedure. This is extremely convenient for patients who did not want to miss further days from work.