Dental Implants FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

Implants have been around for many years and have gained wider and wider acceptance over time as they have proved a successful method for replacing missing teeth. They offer a way to have artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. 

The implant itself, often made of titanium, is used like an artificial root to support the false tooth or teeth. The dental surgeon, usually a periodontist (gum specialist) or an oral surgeon, places the implant into a hole made in the jawbone. A post can then be secured to this “artificial root” and can be used to secure a prosthetic device, such as a crown or bridge, above the gum. Implants can also be used in conjunction with a removable denture to create a more secure and stable base for the denture. 


Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

Q: How successful is this procedure?

A: Clinical documentation for more than 25 years has proven the success of the dental implants. The success rate for patients undergoing treatment is very high.

Q: Are the implants always successful?

A: There is a remote possibility that the implant and bone will not attach correctly. If this happens, the implant can be removed easily and may even be replaced by another implant that is successful. Low success rates were seen in smokers and patients with extensive bone grafting.

Q: Will my new tooth or teeth look natural?

A: Yes, your new tooth or teeth will look, feel and function like your own. Q: How long will my implants last? A: The first implants put in place 25 years ago are still functioning perfectly. To date, there is no known time limit to the life expectancy of successful implants.

Q: How long does the implant procedure take?

A: The first procedure, placement of the implants (Phase 1), takes about 1-2 hours depending on how many implants are placed. The second procedure to uncover the implants and attach the abutment(Phase2), usually takes an hour or less.

Q: Is the procedure painful?

A: Although this may vary, most patients report that the discomfort is minimal and less than they had anticipated. A local anesthetic with intravenous sedation is usually all that is required to make the procedure comfortable. Very few patients require prescription pain medication following the procedure.

Q: Will there be any swelling after the implant procedure? A: This too can vary, but most people experience some swelling. The swelling is usually gone three days after the procedure. Q: How long will it take before I get my replacement tooth or teeth?

A: The implants must be left undisturbed in the jawbone for 3 to 7 months for osseointegration (bone growth into the implant) to take place. Then the new tooth or teeth can be attached to the implant. Though expect around 8 months before you will have your new teeth.

Q: How will I look while my implants are healing?

A: Will I be aware that they are there? To minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience, a temporary denture will be made or created from your current denture. Because the implants are covered by gum tissue, you will not be aware of them, even during the healing process.

Q: How will the teeth be attached to the implant and what are the steps?

A: After osseointregration has occurred, a minor procedure is performed to expose the top of the implant and attach a small post. Then the new tooth or teeth are custom designed to fit precisely on top of the post.

Q: Will I be able to chew on the implant teeth with the same amount of force and pressure as I do with my natural teeth?

A: Yes. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency improves significantly after treatment with implants.

Q: How much will implant treatment cost?

A: The actual cost of the procedure will depend on the number of implants necessary, the position of implant placement and the type or replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. Your investment in overall health and well-being provide a permanent solution for missing teeth with substantial long-term benefits.

Q: Will my insurance pay for my implants?

A: The extent of your coverage will depend on your plan, your policy's coverage and your carrier. It is sometimes possible to obtain coverage from medical insurances as well as dental. Please don't expect the insurance to cover the procedure, if they do be happy!

For more information schedule your consultation with Dr. McBride or Dr. Carr to discuss this procedure in full. Our experienced and professional office staff members are here to help you with all your questions. Call our offices at (831) 636-9808.

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Dr. Brian Carr holds a both a Dental Degree and Medical Degree. He is a member of the the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) and a diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS).  Dr Carr is an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF and has taught facial trauma reconstruction at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital for several years.  Dr. McBride has been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Hollister, California area for over twenty years. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at University of California San Francisco.

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