Dental Implants FAQ’S, Hinesville GA

Southern Georgia Oral Surgery

1)  Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants ?

     In most instances, if a patient can undergo most oral surgical procedures, that same patient should be a viable candidate for dental implant placement.  A thorough evaluation of your health history by your dentist and oral surgeon should assist in this determination.  Medical issues contraindication dental implant placement are rare, but do exist.  The most important factor for determing dental implant placement is the presence of the quantity and quality of existing jaw bone.  In addition, The type of implant system being utilized to place an implant is also a major factor.

2)  Can Dental Implants Fail or Can My Body Reject The Dental Implant ?

      Most dental implants are coated with a titanium covering to enhance ths bodies acceptance of dental implants.  In essence the bone will fuse to the implant and the bone-dental implant interface is structirally solid.  The success of the dental implant involves various factors:  The dentist, patient, hygiene and follow-up care after dental implant placement.  In addition, the positional function of the dental implant, surrounding soft tissue and bite must be evaluated periodicall to ensure overall success of the dental implant procedure.

3)  How Long Will IT Take For A Dental Implant To Heal ?

     The intial phase of treatment is to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants.  At Southern Georgia Oral Surgery and Statesboro, we require a clinical evaluation, impressions for casts, panorex and treatment plan.  Once the dental implant it is placed, we require a 4-6 month healing process.  This will allow osteointegration of the dental implant with the bone.  Throughout this time period the patient is being seen for serial radigraphs and clincal assessment to ensure proper healing is occurring.                                                                   

    The second phase will occur after the 4-6 month healing time.  At this point the dental implant platform is exposed and a healing abutment is screwed onto the implant.  The healing abutment can vary in hieght and is intended to allow dense connective tissue develop around the base.  As a result, when the dental implant is restored with a crown it will have a natural emergence and appearance.  The healing abutment will remain intact for approximatelt two weeks.

     The final phase is the dental implant-crown restoration procedure.  This involves attaching a crown to the dental implant to establish esthetics and bite.

4)  Do Dental Implants Hurt When They Are Placed ?

      Dental implants typically do not hurt when they are placed.  At Southern Georgia Oral surgery, we placed most of our dental implants under local anesthesia.  The process involves multiple step and they are as follows:    (1) Local anethesia is provided, (2) Incision and exposure of maxilla or mandibular bone, (3) Pilot drill and directional pin with panorex, (4) Specific implant drill size and panorex, (5) Placement of dental implant and panorex.  A panorex is taken for each step to determine direction if dental implant placement and the proximity to vital structures.

5)  How Long Do Dental Implants Last ?

      Dental implants are intended to last a lifetime.  However, dental implants can react to adverse conditions just like natural teeth.  Therefore, it is very important to exercise a proper oral hygine regimen and to be on a regularly scheduled recall with your general dentist.  Many factors can contribut to the loss of a dental implant; i.e.  nutrition of the patient, health status changes, genetics, poor oral hygiene and perhaps  facial truama.  

6)  Can I Still Have Dental Implants With A Denture ?

       Dental implants are a great adjunct to helping secure a denture that is unstable.  The healing time and method of placent of the dental implant remains the same and the patient can wear the denture during the course of healing.  The denture is attached to the implants with a clip-device, which promotes rigidity and stabilization of the denture.  This essential preserves bone for the patient and promotes confidentce to speak, and chew foods.