Procedural FAQ

Implants FAQ

Why are so many people getting implants?

Implants are the most state-of-the art method of replacing teeth. Implants are permanent fixtures that are commonly used for single tooth replacements and are considered superior to a conventional bridge. Implants can also be used to stabilize dentures to “lock” the denture to the jaw for a more real and natural feel without using denture adhesive.

Would I be able to get the extraction and implant placed the same day?

This is a decision made by the doctor at the time of extraction based on the amount of bone loss.

Does the oral surgeon put the crown on the tooth after the implant is placed?

No, this treatment is provided by your general dentist.

How long do I have to wait to get a tooth placed on my implant?

It generally takes two to three months following the placement for an implant to be ready for the final restoration.

Do I need a bone graft if I want an implant in the future?

A bone graft is highly recommended following a tooth extraction because it accelerates bone healing and provides a better environment for placing an implant.

Bone Grafts FAQ

Why should I get a bone graft?

Bone grafts help stabilize the jaw, prevent further bone loss, and rebuilds bone in the socket to prevent a “dip” or “hole.” Bone grafts are especially important if you are having an implant and are very safe and natural.

Is a bone graft more painful than just an extraction?

No, the bone graft is a very simple procedure that requires just a few extra minutes but is not painful.

Where does the bone graft material come from?

The bone graft material comes from a tissue bank that provides safe and sterile donor bone.

Is it recommended that I be sedated during a bone graft?

Sedation is available but not necessary for a bone graft in most situations.

Extractions FAQ

Do I need my tooth cut out or can it just be pulled?

There are different types of extractions that range from simple to completely impacted, it just depends on the positioning and condition of the tooth.

Why will my general dentist not just take out the tooth?

Many dentists are getting away from doing more complex extractions and referring to oral surgeons due to their patient’s past medical history and medication use.

How long is the expected recovery time after a tooth extraction?

Every individual deals differently with discomfort. Many people say that they feel back to normal 5-7 days after oral surgery.

How long does the procedure usually take?

Several factors determine this. The root structures can vary which can sometimes increase surgical time; however, the oral surgeon will always spend the amount of time necessary to keep the patient comfortable while ensuring the entire tooth structure is removed.

When can I resume normal activities following an extraction?

Most people like to take the day of surgery off to ensure time to rest following an extraction but with a single/simple tooth extraction, most people resume relatively normal activities the next day. When wisdom teeth are removed, it might be necessary to take 2-3 days off relative to their comfort level.