FAQs: Dental Implants

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:Will I get my teeth in one day?

    A:You will receive your “smile in a day.” You will leave with your new smile affixed to the newly placed implants. As an added benefit, our patients have the ability to enjoy their new smile while having the flexibility to make any changes they would like. With other practices, some patients may notice a small bit of metal visible at the gum line of their temporary teeth. However, at Radiance Dentistry, Dental Implant Center we use a non-metal, tissue colored support system. There is also a 4-6-month healing time period, to ensure the implants have properly infused with your bone.

  • Q:What are common side effects?

    A:The procedure to insert dental implants into your jawbone is a surgical procedure. Therefore, it is very normal to experience some side-effects, particularly during the first few days after surgery. Once the anesthesia has worn off, it is normal to experience some discomfort and you should take it easy for the rest of the day. This can normally be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers, or we can prescribe something to ensure you feel comfortable. Dr. M. will also provide you with a medicated mouth rinse to use during the healing process.

  • Q:Are dental implants possible if I have severe bone loss on my jaw?

    A:One of the best and most advanced ways to replace missing teeth is with dental implants that artificially replace a natural tooth root. However, dental implants need to be surrounded by several millimeters of strong and healthy bone which helps the implant post to integrate and bond with the bone. If this bone isn’t present, it may mean a bone graft is required prior to dental implant surgery. A bone graft isn’t a large procedure but it does require a great deal of skill. Dr. M. is an experienced oral surgeon and prosthodontist who has done many bone grafting procedures.

  • Q:How much downtime can be expected?

    A:Single Implants: it's not common to experience very little, if any discomfort and you should be well enough to return to work the next day. 

  • Q:What is a bone grafting procedure?

    A:There are several different types of bone grafting procedures, depending on the extent of the bone loss. Sometimes the amount of bone required may be relatively minor and a bone graft may be carried out at the same time as a tooth extraction. A bone graft may be obtained from a variety of different sources. Sometimes donor bone is used, which has been carefully sterilized and tested to make sure it is completely safe for use. It is also possible for the bone to be taken from another area in your body which will require an additional surgical procedure. Quite often bone grafting material will be artificial and will contain special growth mediums designed to encourage the growth of your natural bone cells. This artificial bone may be in the form of a matrix or membrane, that will form a framework for new bone growth and which will be gradually absorbed by your body. It can take between 3 and 6 months or even longer for a bone graft to fully heal and to become completely integrated with your natural bone. The exact time frame can vary according to the amount of bone required.

  • Q:How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?

    A:Depending on the level of treatment needed you can have anywhere from: one implant to all your teeth replaced with dental implants. The procedure to replace all your teeth is called All-on-four. With this highly specialized technique, just 4 to 6 dental implants are required to secure a complete bridge of teeth.

  • Q:What is the best material to use in the restorative process?

    A:Our patients have been thrilled with their Ultra restorations, which are as strong and durable as they are beautiful. Ultra is the most durable material available in dentistry today and provides remarkable translucent qualities that mimic the appearance of natural enamel. Ultra is increasingly considered a superior choice over porcelain. Our practice utilizes MIS implants because the quality of the implant is one of the best in the industry. They are manufactured and packaged using only the most stringent standards.

  • Q:How much do dental implants typically cost?

    A:After your initial consult, Dr. Iskandar will provide you with plan including all implant components, along with any necessary sedation information, and your temporary restoration and permanent restoration. The treatment plan will also include the cost of any additional treatments that may be required, such as bone grafting and tooth extractions.

  • Q:Will others know I have new teeth?

    A:Your teeth will look a 100% natural and we customize the tooth and gum color to match each patient individually. For those that know you, absolutely, they will see a big difference! They will see you smile with greater confidence and will see a significant difference in your teeth. For those who you have yet to meet, they will see your smile and admire a very natural beautiful look.

  • Q:What are possible complications?

    A:While the success rate for dental implants is around 98% with proper care, complications can still occur. 

  • Q:How long should I wait to get implants after a tooth extraction?

    A:While the success rate for dental implants is around 98% with proper care, complications can still occur.While the success rate for dental implants is around 98% with proper care, complications can still occur.In a majority of cases, the implant can be placed the same day with the restorative work placed after four to five months. Depending on the area of the mouth and quality of the bone, dental implants can take from two to six months to heal before they can be ready for restorations.

  • Q:How painful is it to get dental implants?

    A:The fear of pain is very common among new dental implant patients. However, as you probably know, everyone’s pain tolerance is different. One patient may easily tolerate the pain of dental implants while the next may find they need over the counter pain medication. Another item to take into consideration in the amount of treatment being completed. The pain level may be different depending on the level of treatment received. A patient that invests in one implant may have very little pain and/or discomfort. While a patient who invests in a full mouth restoration will need to implement other pain-relieving tactics like ice packs and moist heat therapy. Over the counter pain medication is also very effective in treating the pain and discomfort that comes with the treatment process.

  • Q:How long until I can eat solid food again?

    A:Immediately after surgery, stick to eating soft foods that don’t require any chewing. Good food choices include ice cream, yogurt, mashed potatoes, soft pasta, and soup. As the area begins to heal, you can gradually introduce harder foods, but wait a while before you try to eat anything very crunchy or which has lots of seeds that could get stuck around the surgery site. With a single implant, you can typically start eating normal foods again in 2-3 days. With a full arch restoration, a good rule of thumb is if you can cut it with a plastic fork, it is okay to eat! After the bone is successfully fused (3-6 months) patients can typically eat whatever they want again.

  • Q:If I have broken teeth down to the gum line, what is the best option for me?

    A:The best solution is to have the broken tooth extracted and bone grafted. In a majority of cases, an implant can be placed immediately with the restorative work placed after 4-5 months.

  • Q:Is there financing available?

    A:The team at Radiance is committed to providing solutions throughout the entire process, including offering financing options. These options include: CareCredit and Lending Club. These are just a few of the many options we offer. We are happy to sit down with you to help navigate the right solution for your budget needs.

  • Q:What is the procedure for planning dental implant surgery?

    A:To plan your implant surgery, Dr. Mounir Iskandar will take digital dental x-rays and a cone beam CT scan. This scan provides highly detailed 3-D images of your jawbone, allowing Dr. M. to fully assess the condition of your jawbone and to identify all the important structures such as sinus cavities, nerves, and blood vessels that must be avoided during surgery. These images will show if you have sufficient bone for implant placement or if you require a bone graft or sinus lift before surgery.

  • Q:What to expect during implant surgery?

    A:We use several types of sedation, nitrous oxide or oral sedation, as well as IV-sedation provided by a board-certified dental anesthesiologist, to help you relax during surgery. To insert the dental implant, Dr. M. will make an incision in your gum to expose the jawbone. The area is then stitched and left to heal. In certain cases the entire implant placement surgery can be performed without opening any flap (Flapless) using the latest innovative technology of X-Guide implant placement navigation system. At this stage, Dr. M. will attach what is called a healing cap to the dental implant post. This gently shapes the surrounding gum tissue as it heals, providing improved aesthetics once your tooth is restored.

  • Q:What to expect immediately after surgery?

    A:Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may experience some minor discomfort and you should take it easy for the rest of the day. This can normally be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers, or we can prescribe something to ensure you feel comfortable. If you had a single dental implant, it’s not uncommon to experience very little if any discomfort.

  • Q:When can I return to normal activities post-surgery?

    A:After oral surgery, patients are advised to avoid strenuous physical activities until they are advised otherwise by their surgeon. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco should be avoided until the end of the implant dentistry process as this can cause serious damage to the gum tissue and increase the risk of infection. Patients will also be asked to avoid using drinking straws for several weeks. The suction created by the drinking straw can cause the blood clot in the incision site to come loose and can also affect any sutures that are in place.

  • Q:Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

    A:Provided you have reasonable oral and general health, you’re likely to be a good candidate for dental implant treatment. If you do smoke and still wish to have dental implants, you must be prepared to quit for at least the duration of treatment and preferably for good. Dr. M. will also assess your jawbone quality as dental implants need to be surrounded by several millimeters of strong and healthy bone to fully bond with the bone during osseointegration. If you don’t have sufficient jawbone, it’s not necessarily a barrier to treatment, as missing bone can be restored using the very latest bone grafting techniques.

  • Q:Who might not be suitable for dental implants?

    A:You mustn’t have any active dental disease, like periodontal or gum disease, these active dental diseases must be under control before proceeding to dental implant procedure and you must be in reasonable general health. People who are taking certain medications may be unsuitable for dental implant treatment. For example, bisphosphonates can affect healing. If you are currently undergoing treatment for cancer, you may be advised to consider another way to replace missing teeth.

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  • American College of Prosthodontics
  • Diplomate of International Dental Implant Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association


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