How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last for a lifetime. Once your crown is in position, it is, in appearance and function, exactly like your natural teeth. Alignment of adjacent teeth and their bite relationship are preserved. You’ll care for your new crown exactly as you do the rest of your teeth, with twice-daily brushing, once-a-day flossing, mouthwash, and regular exams and cleaning. Dr. Samadian recommends the use of a Waterpik and follow-up visits every 3-4 months for a while to ensure your implant will last a lifetime.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Dr. Samadian uses a comprehensive, whole mouth approach to dental implants, beginning with advanced Cone Beam CT scan technology to map the nerves and sinuses and determine bone density, width, and height. These tests determine your candidacy for dental implants. Schedule your consultation today with Dr. Samadian.
What’s the Procedure Like?
Dr. Samadian’s procedure of choice for dental implant placement is X-Guide Navigational live guided surgery, a robotic implant placement system that improves dental implant placement accuracy. It specifically improves implant depth, angle, and position. X-Guide works in conjunction with the Cone Beam CT scan for unparalleled precision in guiding the surgeon’s hands. It provides a live view of the drill and reduces the need for gum incisions that require stitches.
Once the implant is in place and covered with gum tissue, it requires 2-6 months of healing to integrate fully with your jawbone. The post is attached and gum tissue must grow to secure it. It’s possible the post can be placed during the same procedure as the implant is made. Once your implant is fully healed, a customized crown will be attached, completing the repair.
What Can I Expect of Recovery?
Dr. Samadian employs a variety of advanced surgical techniques to improve patient comfort, including a flapless technique and/or guided surgery with robotic placement. Patients also have an option for oral, IV, nitrous oxide sedation and local anesthesia, and biostimulation with LASER for maximum comfort. Comprehensive aftercare instructions are supplied to minimize post-op complications and risks, including avoidance of hot foods and liquids. You may also receive pain medication for discomfort after the first 24 hours. In many cases, over-the-counter pain relief is all that’s required. Cold compresses may also aid in pain management.