The School of Dental Medicine is actively involved in improving patient care through dental implants. Implant treatment is not for all patients, but the implant systems are extremely flexible and can allow placement and restoration of implants for most patients.
Are implants always successful?
Modern implant techniques have been in use for more than forty years. Improvements in procedures and materials have given implants a ten-year average success rate of 90 percent or better. The success rate is variable and your health and dental hygiene will affect the outcome.
Can failed implants be replaced?
In the unlikely event an implant fails, it can usually be replaced by another. There will be a small replacement fee, but the implant usually can be replaced in a couple of months.
Is everyone a candidate for implant treatment?
In general, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine tooth extraction or oral surgery is probably able to receive an implant. There are some health conditions that warrant special consideration. Certain chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse may contraindicate implant treatment. After careful evaluation of your health history, your dentist will alert you to any conditions that may affect your treatment.
Will others know I have dental implants?
Today's implant treatment enables you to have your new teeth look, feel and function like your own. Even though others will be unaware you have dental implants, many patients are so pleased they tell everyone they know. Dental implants offer some of the finest restorative results possible in modern dentistry.
How long does complete treatment take?
Depending of the type of implant and replacement teeth selected, the total time can be as little as a few weeks to ten or more months. If bone grafting is necessary, additional time may be needed. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and advise you of the time requirements.
Will I need to be hospitalized?
Most implant procedures are performed in the dental office under local anesthesia, although some patients may desire pre-medication or IV sedation to control apprehension. Hospitalization may be necessary for complex surgical procedures or general health reasons.
Is there pain or discomfort?
Many patients report implant surgery less troublesome than having teeth removed. With modern anesthesia and close attention to post operative care, you can expect minimal discomfort.
Will I be without replacement teeth at any time?
Immediately following surgery, you may be instructed not to wear replacement teeth in the area where the surgery was performed. This period is usually short, and temporary teeth are soon provided so you can quickly "get on" with your life.
How much does implant treatment cost?
The cost of implant treatment depends upon the number and type of implants placed and the type of replacement teeth needed. The cost of an implant at the School of Dental Medicine is $900 not including the restoration. Replacement of a single tooth with implant treatment costs about as much as a dental bridge. The bridge necessitates "cutting down" adjacent teeth for crowns while implant treatment does not. More complex treatment, such as bone grafting, will add to the cost. Prices and financial advising are provided during your consultation appointment. The improvement in your self confidence, comfort, eating habits and appearance will make dental implant treatment one of the best investments you've ever made!
Are implant-supported teeth as strong as my natural teeth?
Yes. Research shows that, in many cases, implants are actually stronger than natural teeth. Compared to removable teeth, studies show implant-supported teeth have 100 percent or better chewing efficiency. Dental implants can make it possible for you to enjoy your favorite foods, improve your nutrition, and enhance your appearance!
Where can I get more information?
To make a consultation appointment in the Multidisciplinary Implant Center, please call the Multidisciplinary Implant Center at 412-648-8402 and ask for Christine Zielmanski.