Dental Implants FAQ’S

Southern Georgia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Hinesville, Waycross, and Douglas, GA

1)  Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants ?

    Generally, 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 that are a  contraindication for 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.

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

      Most dental implants are coated with a titanium covering which promotes the desired fusion of the implant to the jawbone. The success of the dental implant involves various factors:  The surgical placement, not smoking, patient compliance, proper hygiene, and follow-up care after surgery.  In addition, the positional function of the dental implant, surrounding soft tissue and bite must be evaluated periodically to ensure overall success of the dental implant procedure.

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

     The treatment planning phase is needed to determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for dental implants. Dr. Myers will need to perform a complete clinical and radiographic evaluation in order to develop your unique dental implant treatment plan.  Multiple implants may require a CT evaluation and dental impressions.  Once the dental implant is placed, generally a 4-6 month healing process is required.  This will allow fusion of the dental implant with the bone.  Throughout this time period the patient is being seen for follow-up radigraphs and clincal assessment to ensure proper healing is occurring.  

4)  What happens after the required healing time?                                                                 

    After the 4-6 month healing time, the dental implant platform will be exposed and a healing abutment will be attached to the implant.  The healing abutment can vary in height and is intended to allow the gum tissue to develop around the base.  As a result, when the dental implant is restored with a crown it will have healed and well formed gum tissue surrounding the base of the crown.  After the gum tissue has the satisfactory contours, your general dentist will begin fabricating your final restoration (crown).


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 place most of our dental implants under local anesthesia.  The surgical process involves:   (1) Dr. Myers will completely numb the site with local anesthesia  (2) Next, a small Incision will be made,  (3) a series of precisely measured instruments will be used to fit the implant into the jawbone.  Several x-rays will be taken for each step to determine direction accuracy of the dental implant placement and the proximity to vital structures (4) Final placement of dental implant once it is secured into place.  (5)  The gum tissue will be sutured over the implant.

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 contribute to the loss of a dental implant; i.e.  nutrition of the patient, health status changes, genetics, poor oral hygiene and 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 essentially preserves bone for the patient and promotes confidentce to speak, and chew foods.