Here at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center, we receive many patients who are considering treatment for their missing teeth using dental implants. Naturally, these patients come in with many different questions about all aspects of the treatment. However, we’ve begun to notice that some questions are recurring, and tend to come up way more frequently than others. So, in the hopes of making things easier on our many Bethlehem, PA area patients, we’ve gone ahead and gathered up the most frequently asked questions we see at our office. Then, we had oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry provide answers for each one. If you do not see your question below, feel free to contact our office and speak with one of our helpful staff members.
First of all, dental implants are made up of three different pieces: the implant fixture, the abutment, and the restoration, each of which can be made up of completely different materials. However, the implant fixture is always made from titanium, as this material is required in order for osseointegration, the process that fuses the fixture to your jawbone, to succeed. The abutment is also typically made from titanium, though it can also be made from many other different materials. For the restoration, the most commonly used material is porcelain, though zirconia is beginning to rise in popularity.
For the most part, the dental implant process is rather painless. Any pain you would expect to experience during the placement surgery is removed through the use of an anesthetic that will be administered before the fixture is placed. We can also use IV sedation while your implant is being placed, which can ensure you feel no anxiety or pain during your treatment. It is likely that you will experience some discomfort in the time directly after the implant’s placement. However, this discomfort can be treated using over-the-counter pain relievers. You may also be prescribed a painkiller for the first couple of weeks after the implant’s placement. In the end, our implant patients have reported that they felt no more pain than they did having a tooth pulled.
Many patients originally restore their missing teeth using other treatments, such as dental bridges and dentures. However, over time, they come to find that these treatments simply aren’t able to provide the level of comfort and support that they are looking for. Because of this, they come to us to see if they can replace their previous restoration with dental implants.
We are happy to say that, yes, you can replace your previous restoration using dental implants. So long as your oral structure is able to support the implant, we will be able to replace your previous treatment. If your previous restoration has resulted in gum recession or jawbone deterioration, both of which can prevent your implant from succeeding, you may simply need a supplemental procedure beforehand.
While dental implants will last far longer than other treatments on average, the overall amount of time your implants will last largely depends on you. In fact, your dental implants have the potential to last you a lifetime so long as you are sure to properly care for them. This means that you will need to be sure to brush and floss your implants properly. You will also need to attend your regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups.
Have you done your research and decided that dental implants are the best possible replacement treatment for your needs? Are you ready to begin your dental implant treatment with Bethlehem, PA’s Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry? Then contact our office and schedule your no-obligation consultation today.
Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry
2571 Baglyos Circle, Suite B23
Monday: 7:30AM – 3PM
Tuesday: Emergencies by appointment
Wednesday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8:30AM – 5PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 3PM