Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I come to Capital Oral Surgery for dental implants?

Dr. Lucaci, Dr. Barber or Dr. Lonergan place dental implants using the latest technological advances and the finest materials to ensure precision placement and a natural look that others cannot achieve. We take pride in continually improving our skills through continuing education and training. We have a reputation in the dental and medical fields for handling even the most complex dental implant needs with professionalism, compassion, and expertise, with many doctors referring their most difficult cases to our office.

How long do dental implants last?

Titanium implants are designed to last a lifetime. Once placed, they integrate with the jawbone and never need replacing. Whether crowns or fixed dentures, restorations may not last a lifetime but can last anywhere from ten to thirty years.

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Will I miss work?

Maybe, but if you do need to miss work it will only be for a few days. Most patients return to work the following day for a single tooth implant. You may need to rest at home for two or three days if you have multiple implants. Patients generally return to their normal activities quickly and are pleasantly surprised by their quick recovery.

Do dental implants hurt?

Tooth implant surgery does not hurt, as we numb the area with a local anesthetic and may sedate or anesthetize you to alleviate any dental anxiety. You have some pain and swelling for the first few days after surgery. These are easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. Sleeping and resting with your head elevated minimizes swelling. Most patients are pain-free by the fourth day.

Will I need bone grafts?

It depends on your jawbone’s health. Within the first year after losing your teeth, the jawbone can lose up to 25% of its density and strength. If your jawbone has deteriorated or there is insufficient width and height to support dental implants, we may perform bone grafts to strengthen and reshape the jawbone. We evaluate each patient and recommend bone grafting only when necessary.

How long does the entire process take?

Implant surgery for a single tooth implant can take as little as 30 minutes. If you need multiple implants, surgery can take several hours. After the surgery, your jawbone and gums need time to heal before the permanent restorations are placed. In most cases, you can expect a three to four-month healing time between implant surgery and placement of the restorations by your dentist or prosthodontist. If you opt for immediate implants, the wait time is reduced to six to eight weeks.

Are there any downsides to getting dental implants?

Although dental implants are the best possible solution for missing teeth, you need to consider the cost. Dental implants are expensive, and most insurance companies cover only part of the cost if they cover them at all. You must also keep in mind that dental implants take time. Once the surgery is performed, your jawbone and gums need time to heal before the restoration is attached.

A consultation with one of our oral surgeons can answer all your questions about the tooth implant process. Contact our office at (785) 588-4244 or schedule an appointment online.