Here at Heartland Periodontics, we know that our patients may have many important questions about dental implants or the installation process before they get started. For this reason, our goal is to give you all of the information you might need to choose the best option for the optimal health and beautiful appearance of your smile. Here is a list created by our staff of commonly asked questions for dental implants. Please feel free to read through and call us if you have questions that are not addressed below.
A: No, your placement procedure is done under local anesthesia in our office, in much the same way as a filling. Once the anesthesia takes effect, patients do not feel anything. In general, most patients say it is no more painful than a general pressure.
A: One of the great things about implant surgery is that there are no open wounds. This means that healing is usually quick and uneventful for most patients. There will possibly be some minor discomfort, but this can usually be managed well with over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. To ensure you know what to expect, you will be sent home with a complete list of aftercare instructions and a number to call if you have questions or problems after our office is closed.
A: This will depend on the number of implants, the location of the implants, and your overall health. However, most implants take less than an hour per implant to place.
A: We normally suggest that patients avoid exposing their surgical site to chewing forces for the first day if possible. Patients can eat soft, nutritious foods once all feeling has returned. We also recommend that patients stay well hydrated. Your aftercare instructions will usually recommend a soft diet and how you should care for your new implants during the healing period.
A: The answer to this usually depends on the patient and their individual state of health. In general, the entire process takes anywhere from three months to a year, depending on your treatment plan and if supplemental treatments are necessary.
A: Once your dental implant has fused to your jawbone successfully, it can last many decades if cared for properly. Some dental implant patients have had their implants for more than 40 years.
A: Some dental implants can be expensive, particularly if extensive supplemental procedures are necessary due to a flattened jawbone or inadequate gum tissues. However, when you consider the cost of inactivity and how much you would have to spend over time on replacing removable dentures and dental bridges, dental implants can be a cost effective alternative in comparison.
A: There is no specific age that is preferred for dental implants. As long as oral tissues are healthy and patients are willing to follow doctor’s orders, they can usually take advantage of dental implants. Younger patients are not preferred though because their jawbones are not fully developed yet. Some patients may also have issues if they have certain health conditions. For more information on dental implant candidacy, we suggest that you check out our Candidacy page.
A: Like most elective procedures, dental implants are not usually covered by dental insurance plans if there is a less-expensive alternative. As they become more commonplace, however, some dental plans are now covering them. At our office, we offer several payment plan options to ensure you get the best treatment available to replace missing teeth, regardless of your insurance coverage.
Dr. Kirsch and the staff at Heartland Periodontics love helping patients restore and perfect their smiles. Dental implants provide an easy and permanent way to achieve a healthy and functional grin in just a few simple office visits. Contact our Sebring, FL office today to schedule your dental implant consultation. We also proudly serve patients from areas around Sebring, including Avon Park, Lake Placid, Okeechobee, Arcadia, Wauchula, Frostproof, and Lake Wales. We can’t wait to help you get started!
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
Monday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Tuesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5PM