Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

What Is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?

From 1975 to 2004, Implant success ranged between 90% to 100% according to a clinical study. Reference) Immediate and early implant loading protocols : a literature review of clinical studies. J Prosthet Dent. 2005 Sep;94(3):242-58. Revi

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

The treatment takes about one month from consultation up to the first surgery and another 2~3 months until the periodontal bones and implant are fixed firmly and the prosthesis is mounted. The period could be extended to 6~9 months depending on the condition of the jaw bones and mouth, chewing strength, and difference in the implant system. Nowadays, however, the development of a variety of implant methods and systems has shortened the treatment period.

Aren't Implants Expensive Compared to Dentures?

Although the initial cost is high, implants are semi-permanent; thus, they are actually cheaper because no additional cost is incurred. In contrast, although the initial cost of dentures is lower than that of implant, additional cost is incurred later.

Can Older Patients Undergo Implant Surgery?

Yes. Patients are advised to undergo implant surgery while they are still young because of the better bone condition, the bone volume, and the width and depth of bone where the implant will be placed. If a test proves that surgery is possible, then elderly patients can undergo the surgery.

Do Implants Contain Harmful Heavy Metal?

No. Implant is made of titanium, forming TO2 on the surface in air, water, and other electrolyte by itself. Boasting of excellent bio-compatibility, implants are not harmful to the human body.

What Are the Post-Surgery Effects, If Any?

After the surgery, your face or gums feel stiff and sore. Swelling may also cause the jaw or lips to be numb for several days. Still, there’s no need for you to worry; these symptoms will subside over time. If symptoms persist, however, see a doctor immediately.

How Painful Is the Procedure?

Not painful at all, since local anesthesia will be administered before surgery. After the surgery, however, you may experience some pain once the effect of the anesthesia wears off. Generally aspirin is all that is needed to relieve the pain.

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Treatment Sequence

Implant is placed

The implant is inserted into the bone with minimal drilling. The gums will grow over the surgery site in about 14 days.

Bone heals around the implant

It takes aprox. two (2) to six (6) months of healing for the bone around the implant to be strong enough to support a tooth.

A temporary mini denture is delivered

While the bone is healing, a removable temporary single-tooth denture is worn for proper function & esthetics during the implant healing phase.

An abutment is screwed into the implant

The implant is uncovered with a laser. A biocompat-ible titanium abut-ment is inserted into the implant. An impression is taken. It is sent to a lab for fabrication of an IPS e-max crown.

The crown is cemented onto the abutment

The implant support-ed crown will feel and function like a natural tooth