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Learn More About Your Implant Treatment

Pitt Dental Medicine is improving patient care through dental implants. Implant treatment is not for all patients, but our flexible implant systems 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 an average success rate of 90 percent or better over ten years. Your overall health and dental hygiene will affect the outcome and success of dental implants.

Can failed implants be replaced?

In the unlikely event that your implant fails, it usually can be replaced by another. At Pitt Dental Medicine, a small replacement fee will be charged, but your 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. But there are some health conditions, such as chronic diseases, heavy smoking or alcohol abuse, that may make a patient unsuitable for implant treatment. After careful evaluation of your health history, your dentist will let you know of any conditions that may affect your treatment.

Will others know I have dental implants?

Today's implants look, feel and function like your own teeth. Many patients are so pleased with their new implants, they tell everyone they know. Dental implants offer some of the finest restorative results possible in modern dentistry.

How long does a 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, and may require bone grafting. Your dentist will discuss the best options for you and the time required.

Will I need to be hospitalized?

Most implant procedures are performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. Some patients may desire pre-medication or IV sedation to control apprehension. Hospitalization may be necessary for complex surgical procedures or for general health reasons.

Will I experience any 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 Pitt Dental Medicine is about $900, not including the restoration. Replacement of a single tooth with implant treatment costs about as much as a dental bridge, and unlike the bridge, implants do not require "cutting down" adjacent teeth. More complex treatment, such as bone grafting, will, of course, 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 Interdisciplinary Implant Center, please call 412-648-8402.