Is implant placement painful?

No, dental implants are typically placed under local anesthesia. Most treatments can be completed in your clinician's office.

How soon may I return to work after treatment?

You may return to work the next day unless otherwise instructed by your clinician. You may be prescribed medication to alleviate any minor discomfort you may have

How long does it take to place dental implants?

They may be placed in as little as 30 to 60 minutes depending on the location and the number of implants placed.

What if there is not enough bone or gum tissue for the dental implant?

A graft may be needed if your clinician determines there is not sufficient bone or gum tissue.

What is the success rate?

The success rate depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed. The lower jaw has a very good chance of success (98%). The further back in the mouth you go, the lesser the prognosis, but this is generally over 90%. If you smoke, the chances of success drop by at least 10%.

Why is implant treatment expensive?

Because it is a complex process requiring expensive precision components and instruments.

Are there any limitations?

Discuss this with your dentist, as there are a few medical reasons preventing the use of implants. Sufficient bone to accept the implant is the major limiting factor. This can be assessed radiographically (x-rays), and bone can even be augmented where it is deficient.

What if I smoke?

Smoking can inhibit proper healing of an implant. However, this does not prevent smokers from having implants successfully placed and restored. You should speak with your dentist for more specific information relating to your dental needs and the effects of smoking.

Is age a factor?

No, there are no age restrictions for dental implants.