FAQ

Who is the dental implant patient?
Dental implant patients vary in age, sex and race, but often have common qualities. Generally, the dental implant patient is someone who is concerned about convenience, quality of life, and good health. The dental implant patient can be anyone of any age. Implants are used to replace one or severa teeth, and can be used to allow complete restoration of one’s dentition.

 
Our dental implant patients have made a significant investment of time and money to experience a major improvement in their ability to smile, to eat and converse without worry, pain and embarrassment. Not only are they happy with their dental implant dentures or dental implant crowns, but most say they would do it all again. Many wish they had known about dental implants earlier in life and the satisfaction and peace of mind that dental implants can provide.   

Dr. Hersch and his staff strive to provide convenience, personal care and quality. Dental implants are a relatively predictable and successful alternative, for replacing teeth, and restoring function, esthetics, comfort, and confidence through stability of dentures.

What is a dental implant?  
The most common type of dental implant is cylinder shaped  implant which mimics the natural tooth root. These dental implants allow the dentist to attach crowns and bridgework. Dental implants also provide stability and comfort for dentures. Patients can talk, eat, and smile with confidence due to the stability of dental implants that hold the dental prosthesis. Conventional dentures can cause soreness because they are not stable.
 
What are dental implants made of?  
Dental implants are made of titianium or titanium alloy.(both metals are biocompatible)
 
What are the different types of dental implants?
The most common type of dental dental implant is the root form, which is a cylinder and resembles a tooth root which it replaces. A second common type is the sub-periosteal which is placed on top of the jawbone and under the gum tissue. Both of these dental implants provide support for the final prosthesis (tooth, bridge, or denture).   

Is it expensive?
The procedure does involve individual committed investment and restorative fees are variable depending on the dental treatment and conditions present. The end result is a long term, highly successful and predictable fixed replacement of teeth.   

Will my insurance pay?
Although portions of the surgery (in some cases) may be covered, the dental implant itself is not always a covered benefit for many insurance companies.

How long will it take?
To complete treatment, depending on the type of dental implant and many other considerations, the total treatment time can range from 6 months to 18 months. Temporaries can be made for tooth replacement during the healing process. For patients electing to have complete reconstructions, we do provide patients with temporary teeth during this time period. At no time are you without teeth if you so desire.   

Will it hurt?  
As in any dental surgery, some swelling and discomfort is to be expected. The patient is provided with medication to help control post operative surgical discomfort. The patient is seen by the oral surgeon to check on the healing progress.  

Is there a chance of rejection?
The body does not reject dental dental implants as it might a lung, heart or kidney. Dental dental implants are made of materials that are bio-compatible with the body.  

How long will I be off work?
Generally, we find patients take off the day of surgery and the following day. Sometimes swelling and possibly bruising occur. The time away from work is an individual decision.   

How long will an dental implant last?
As in all medical treatment, nothing is 100% guaranteed. Our patients receive complete instructions on how to take care of their dental implants prosthetics at home and are placed on a routine recall schedule to return to our office for professional cleanings and check-ups. Dental implant patients experience a very predictable and successful prosthetic and surgical result.   

If I have loose dentures that cause sores, how will dental implants help me?
As a result of your dental implants being firmly integrated with your jawbone, your replacement teeth are anchored securely, so you can eat and speak without the slipping and sliding of the dentures that causes sores and irritation of the gum tissue.  

If I have a partial denture will dental implants help me?
A partial denture can become an annoyance since it has to be taken in and out of the mouth, several times a day. Dental implants can replace your missing teeth with fixed teeth that restore the comfort and feel of “natural” teeth.  

If I have only one tooth missing, will an dental implant help me?
Dental dental implants often eliminate the need for the shaving of teeth surrounding the missing tooth, necessary in conventional bridgework. Thus, your own natural teeth are untouched in the restorative process.   

What is the purpose of dental implants?
Dental dental implants allow individuals to have one, several, or all their missing teeth replaced with fixed teeth (or “fixed” denture) to function and serve as their natural teeth, by allowing people to eat, talk, and smile with comfort, confidence, and lack of embarrassment.  

How is the dental implant supported denture (or tooth/bridgework) made firm and stable with the use of dental dental implants?
The dental dental implant, after a period of time, firmly integrates with the jawbone because of its biocompatibility. Then posts are attached to the dental implants. A single tooth, multiple teeth, or a denture (depending on the individual’s need and desires) are then attached firmly to the dental implant posts. This allows the replacement teeth to be firm and secure in the mouth.

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