Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

The decision to have dental implants inserted is such a personal one and it can be difficult.  So, when the decision is finally made, an individual usually wants to make an appointment and have it done-immediately- as in right NOW!

However, before running to have the implants inserted, there is some research to be done and there are questions to ask of your dental specialist.

Q. What type of anesthesia will be used?

Anesthesia typically involves intravenous sedation.  Because of this, the patient should avoid driving and operating heavy machinery for 24-36 hours.

Q. Who will place my implants?

The implants are placed by a specialist, specifically trained and certified in implants.  Training consists of 3 years of dental school and after showing proficiency in this and passing examinations, the dentist goes on to 2-3 years of specialty training with implants.

Q. What are the dentist’s qualifications and experience?

 See how many implants the dentist has placed prior to you and that he/she is certified by a specific licensing agency.

Q. How many visits will be necessary for the implants?

The number of visits will be dependent on whether the implant is porcelain or resin and whether it is fabricated by an outside dental laboratory or done in the office.  These variables must be discussed with the dental office so that there is no doubt or confusion as to how the process will take place.

Q. Am I a candidate for the procedure?

Not everyone is a candidate for implants.  Discuss this thoroughly with the reconstruction dentist including all medications that you are on, and you’re past history.

Q. Will all my treatments be done in one office location?

There are offices were there is an on-site laboratory for fabrication of the implants.  This is something that varies between offices and is a good question to have answered.

Q. Will there be special diagnostic or radiographic tests prior to dental implantation?

Many offices use CAT Scans and get a three-dimensional image including the location of the blood vessels, nerves and sinuses to optimize placement of the implants.

Q. What happens if an implant fails?

Should an implant fail, another one can be inserted in its place.  Should it be due to infection or gingivitis, the inflammation and infection needs to be treated first.

Q. How long do implants last?

This is dependent on how fastidious the individual is with oral hygiene, daily brushing, and elimination of smoking and diminished consumption of high sugar content food. They can last more than 15 years.

Q. Is there special care or follow-up for these implants?

After implants have been deemed successful, routine visits may be done in the regular family dental office.