From consultation to final appointment, most implants will take between six to 12 months to complete. Each person’s jawbone quality and quantity,treatment plan, and oral and overall health needs can impact your full treatment time. Now, some patients can wear their final implants and crowns beginning on the day their titanium screws are implanted. Patients are encouraged to eat a soft diet, and avoiding hard, crunchy foods, for up to 12 months to create optimum healing allowing the implants to fuse into the jawbone.
Can dental implants replace dentures?mcelletti2022-09-28T22:10:22+00:00
The short answer is “yes,” and that dental implants can be a more comfortable, long-lasting option to dentures. Additionally, some people choose to have implant-supported dentures that can be a more cost-effective alternative to implant-supported porcelain crowns. Dr. Duffy will be happy to discuss which options are available to you at your consultation.
Is it painful to have dental implants fitted?mcelletti2022-09-28T22:08:23+00:00
Like many dental procedures, dental implant procedures are usually performed under local anesthetic—and our goal is to help you stay relaxed, comfortable and pain free throughout your appointments. In addition to local anesthetics, we offer conscious oral sedation or nitrous oxide as requested. Following your procedure, you may feel some pain or discomfort in your mouth and jaw. We can usually help you manage this with over-the-counter painkillers. We also provide dietary guidelines for you for throughout your healing process.
How long do dental implants last?mcelletti2022-09-28T22:09:22+00:00
Your implants are designed to last a lifetime. While you will never get a cavity in them, they are as sensitive to gum health as natural teeth. It is essential that you maintain good oral routines (brushing, flossing, and/or using a Waterpik®) and attend your regular dental appointments in order to care not only for your implants, but any remaining natural teeth that you have.
What is the dental implant process?mcelletti2021-07-27T16:07:42+00:00
Although there are variations and options involving the installation of dental implants, dentists use a basic three-step process: 1) evaluation, imaging and planning, 2) removal of any teeth which need to come out and surgically implanting titanium or zirconia screws into the jawbone and 3) following healing, permanently attaching the new porcelain crown(s) or bridge to the top of the implant(s).
Thomas Duffy, DDS, is known for his precise work—including his restorative work with implant-supported porcelain crowns and dentures. He is also known for attention to detail, truly listening to his patients, providing thorough explanations and gentle care. Whether you need one or two implants or a full arch, you want them to look, feel and function like healthy, natural teeth. Choosing Dr. Duffy means that your crowns whether affixed to an implant or a natural tooth will give you an excellent look and functional match to your remaining natural teeth. If you are new to Peninsula Family Dentistry, meet Dr. Duffy here.
Do you offer “one-day implants”?mcelletti2022-09-28T22:11:07+00:00
Regardless of what various providers call their dental implants, this process involves at least four to six months just for healing, simply because of the bone and titanium implant interaction. Some patients are able to get their new “permanent teeth” as early as the day of their implant surgery. However, because patients are unique, dental professionals usually offer several options based upon a person’s jawbone health, the number of implants they need, dietary restrictions and more. For those aesthetic cases involving teeth that show in your smile, please know we will not send you home from surgery without teeth in your mouth!Your smile will be enhanced from the moment you leave our office following surgery.
We appreciate it when our patients honor their appointment times, yet emergencies can arise which keep you from making your appointment. We request that whenever possible you provide 24-hours’ advance notice by calling 253.525.5186 so we can help you get rescheduled.