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Implant FAQ

  1. What are dental implants?
    •  Meng Dentistry uses dental implants made of a medically pure Titanium. These screws are placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3 – 6 months. While the jaw bone heals the implant fuses to the jawbone and become osseo (bone) integrated. Once the jaw bone has healed our dentist will use this screw to replace one or more missing teeth.
  2. How long have implants been used in dentistry?
    • Dental implants have been available for the past 50 or so years. There are differences between the various types of implants. These differences are important since they are related to the implants success rate. The implants currently in use today, osseintegrated implants, were originally developed in Sweden by Dr. P.I. Branemark., a Swedish Orthopedist approximately 25-30 years ago. They have been used in the U.S. for the past 12 years.
  3. Is there a difference between the different implant manufacturers?
    • All implants in use in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. All of the implants we use are from companies which are FDA approved and meet very stringent requirements. Your dental team will choose the system that is best for you and the one that allows them to accomplish your mutual restorative goal.
  4. What are implants made of?
    • Implants are made of commercially and medically pure Titanium. This is the same metal that has been successfully used in hip implants for many years. It is inert and is not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon.
  5. How complicated is the surgery?
    • Implant surgery is done in two stages.
      1. Stage one involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone. This is usually proformed with a local anesthesia. It is complicated only in the sense that the surgery requires great precision. The room is set up similar to an operating room, the equipment thoroughly sterilized and the most modern techniques utilized.
      2. Stage two involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated ( fused ). This requires minor gum surgery and is a relatively minor procedure.
  6. Can implants be rejected?
    • No! They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask your dentist.
  7. If I lose several teeth, do they each have to be replaced with a separate implant?
    • No. Although implants simulate the roots of teeth, one implant can be used to replace one or more teeth. This will depend upon your specific case. At your consultation your dentist will discuss the various treatment alternatives and the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfill your treatment objectives.
  8. What about infection and complications?
    • Our dentists will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Once the implants have been engaged in your prosthesis, it is imperative for you to maintain good oral hygiene. Success very often depends on your cooperation and homecare efforts.
  9. What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
    • The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. The implant allows several options, simple removable prostheses, implants for retention, supported porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges. Confused? Do not worry, your dental team will discuss the best options for your case with you. The good news is that we are now able to replace single or multiple missing teeth!
  10. What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
    • The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. This can vary from simple removable prostheses, using the implants for retention , to totally implant supported porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges. Implant bridges can be either removable or fixed (not removable) depending upon the number of implants. We are now finally able to replace single or multiple missing teeth returning the dentition to a biologically healthy and esthetically pleasing state.
  11. How long is the entire implant process?
    • Dental implants take approximately 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper jaw. Once the jaw has healed, it takes several visits over several months to complete the restoration depending upon the complexity.
  12. What is the cost?
    • The cost of implant dentistry is based upon a combination of the surgical phase and the prosthetic phase. Your total treatment fee will depend upon the number of implants and the complexity of your final restoration.

If you have questions regarding implant dentistry and would like a free consultation please schedule an appointment. Our dentists will be happy to discuss any of these questions with you at your consultation. Please write down your questions so that we can be sure to answer them to your satisfaction.