Dr. Chaudhry is proud to offer dental implants at Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center. As the most advanced and effective restoration available, it makes sense that our patients would have questions about this procedure. We’ve kept track of many of the most common questions we receive and have compiled them on this page to help you understand more about dental implants and decide if they’re the treatment for you.
The three parts that comprise a dental implant are as follows:
You may be surprised, but the dental implant process actually involves little to no pain. Since we use anesthesia during the surgeries, you can expect it to be very painless overall. The greatest instance of pain will come in the form of soreness that occurs after your dental implant surgery is over. Simply ask Dr. Chaudhry for pain medication if you need some for the soreness you feel, and over-the-counter pain relievers will help as well.
Our team in Bethlehem, PA uses IV sedation upon request. IV sedation has the advantage of being very easy to control, since the level of sedative given is easily adjusted. While the local anesthetic that’s usually used with this procedure will very likely be sufficient in removing all of the pain, patients who want to be extra sure can opt for IV sedation. This way, all of the stress and pain will be removed from the procedure.
As long as you have adequate jawbone and no other dental problems, then yes, you can upgrade your previous restoration to a new set of dental implants. In fact, it’s fairly common for patients who grow tired of their uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures to ask about upgrading to dental implants.
Unfortunately, not until they’re adults. Children’s jaws are still growing and may continue to do so all the way until their early 20’s. Since dental implant surgery requires a stable jawbone, it’s far too risky to try the surgery on a minor who’s still growing.
No! While it has not yet been recognized as one of the nine specialties in dentistry, implant dentistry is a highly advanced field that requires special schooling. For example, Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry studied at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, did a 6-year oral and maxillofacial residency at the State University of Stony Brook in New York, and he even teaches seminars on dental implant surgery. It’s important to ask the necessary questions to ensure that your dentist is qualified.
While the total time from start to completion of the dental implant process will be around 3-6 months, the surgeries themselves are really short. Each of the two surgeries can most likely be completed in just an hour or so. The part that makes dental implant surgery so long is the healing and osseointegration phase where the titanium fixture is integrating with the jawbone – that phase can last about 2-4 months depending on the patient.
Patients with an insufficient jawbone cannot successfully support a dental implant. However, we provide supplemental procedures like bone grafts and soft tissue augmentations that can give patients the bone mass they need, and restore their eligibility.
The first step on your dental implants journey is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chaudhry. This is the time to bring your dental history as well as any questions you have about the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Chaudhry will examine your oral health, discuss your options, and develop a treatment plan that meets your specific needs. Contact us today to get started on the path to a new set of dental implants!
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