Sullivan, Yasner and KazemiDrs Sullivan, Yasner and Kazemi, Specialists in Periodontics Dental Implants1416 Brace Road, Cherry Hill NJ 08034

1416 Brace Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-3523 tel 856 795 8020 fax 856 795 9785

Dental Implants

Q & A

How successful is this procedure?

Over 40 years of clinical documentation has proven the success of this procedure, with nearly half a million patients treated. It continues to lead the world in dental implant treatment with one of the highest success rates in dentistry.

Are implants always successful?

There is a small possibility that the implant and bone will not attach correctly or that an implant will fail after some period of time. If this happens, the implant can be removed and often replaced by another implant.

Will my new tooth or teeth look natural?

Depending upon your condition, your new tooth or teeth will ideally look, feel and function like your own. Dental implants currently provide some of the finest restorative results in dentistry.

How long will my implant last?

The first implants were put in place 40 years ago and are still functioning perfectly. To date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful implants.

How long does the implant procedure take?

The first procedure, placement of the implants, takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes for each implant. The second procedure to uncover the implants and attach the abutments usually takes an hour or less.

Is the procedure painful?

If you are like most patients, you will experience no major discomfort during or after the operation. You and your doctor will discuss options for anesthesia and plan your procedure accordingly.

Will there be any swelling after the implant procedure?

This too can vary, but most people experience only minimal swelling. Any that does occur usually ends within one or two days after the procedure.

How long will it take before I receive my replacement tooth or teeth?

The implants are usually be left undisturbed in the jaw for 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to take place. Then the new tooth or teeth can be attached to the implants.

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

After osseointegration 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 this post.

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?

Yes. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency improves significantly after treatment with implants and, following a brief adaptation period, is comparable to the chewing efficiency of natural teeth.

How much will implant treatment cost?

The actual cost of the procedure will depend on the number of implants necessary, the position of implant placement and the type of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. All in all, dental implants represent a wise investment in overall health and well-being and provide you with substantial long-term benefits.

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