Implant Dentistry – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many dental implant surgeries have Perio Health Professionals™ performed?
Perio Health Professionals™ has been providing superior dental care to dental implant patients at our Houston, TX location for over 30 years. We’ve placed tens of thousands of dental implants over the years, and we are proud to be the dental office of choice for just as many implant patients. When it comes to implant dentistry, Houston area residents can benefit from the convenience of having such a renowned group of periodontal specialists and oral surgeons so close to home.
Why have Perio Health involved in your dental implant care?
We have been leaders and innovators in dental implant advances and evidence-based protocols. We have studied early implant loading and 3D analysis for dental implants and bone grafting procedures. For years we have conducted clinical research on dental implants and are consultants to the dental implant industry on advancing technology.
How long does a typical guided dental implant surgery procedure take?
There is no “typical” case, because every patient situation is different from the next. A majority of these procedures are completed within 3 to 6 hours – that means you will walk out of the office with a new set of great-looking and fully functional temporary teeth, which at a later date will be replaced with permanent, customized teeth by one of our teams of restorative dentists and lab technicians.
Will I have new teeth on the same day my dental implant surgery is completed?
Possibly. Depending on your particular clinical situation, you may receive temporary (yet fully functional) teeth the same day as your surgery. Once successful integration of your implants takes place – which can be as few as 3 to 6 months – your temporary teeth will be removed and new traditional teeth will be permanently secured to the implant abutments. You will need to rely on your dental implant experts to decide when best to attach your denture to the implants.
What are dental implants made of and does the body
Dental implants are made of a titanium metal alloy that has been proven 100% biocompatible. That means that the body readily accepts the implant and will begin to attach itself to the implant as if it were a natural part of the body. The most common cause of implant failure is infection, and the most common cause of infection is inadequate or improper oral hygiene. To maintain your implants at their healthy best, it is imperative that you follow the home oral care routine as instructed by your dental team, as well as go to all of your regular check-ups and professional dental care appointments. The second most common reason for failure is overload. To minimize overload, you must adhere to a soft diet for 4 to 6 weeks and wear a splint or bite guard at night.
Who will place my implants and new teeth?
Dr. McGuire and Dr. Scheyer will be your guided dental implant surgery team and are responsible for placing your implants and conducting any other oral surgical procedures. They, along with the restorative dentist and lab technician, will also place your temporary teeth at the end of surgery. Once your mouth has fully healed (between 4 and 6 months, in most cases) and your implants have integrated and stabilized within your own bone, your custom-made permanent teeth will be placed by one of our teams of restorative dentists.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
Our goal is to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We offer many types of anesthesia, including local and sedation anesthesia. Each patient case is unique, and the type of anesthesia used will be based on what is best for the patient. We also have a certified registered nurse anesthetist on staff at all times during procedures requiring sedation anesthesia.
What happens if an implant fails or needs to be repaired?
If an implant fails within a year, after the integration process and final restorations have been placed, Perio Health Professionals™ will replace the dental implant at no charge. For more information regarding our warranty, please contact Perio Health Professionals.
How do I keep my implants healthy?
Long-term maintenance is the key to strong, stable and healthy implants that can last a lifetime. You need to maintain a daily home oral care regimen that includes brushing and flossing. You will also need to continue regularly scheduled check-ups and oral hygiene appointments as indicated by your dentist.
Remember these words of wisdom: “Always be true to your teeth, and they will never be false to you.”
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