It’s normal to have a lot of questions when considering tooth replacement options. Dr. Silvoy wants all of his patients to be well informed on the various treatment options before investing in dental implants to replace missing teeth. For that reason, he has provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions he receives about dental implants.
If you don’t see an answer to your question below, schedule a consultation with Dr. Silvoy today at either his Durham or Raleigh office. During this consultation, Dr. Silvoy will take the time to thoroughly discuss the dental implant process and answer any questions you may have to help you make the best choice for restoring your smile.
How painful is it to get implants?
Dr. Silvoy and our entire team work to make all dental treatments as comfortable as possible. We offer nitrous oxide to help keep you relaxed during your treatment, and our implant dentist will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort you may experience as you recover from your surgery.
How long does the implant process take?
The length of the implant process will depend on your individual needs, including your oral health and the number of teeth that are being replaced with implants. Another factor that can affect your treatment time is the need for any preliminary procedures, such as periodontal treatment or bone grafting, to help prepare your mouth for implant placement. During your initial consultation, Dr. Silvoy will thoroughly examine your mouth and establish a treatment timeline based on your individual needs. To find out more about your specific case, contact Dr. Silvoy to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
Will gum disease affect my dental implants?
The health of your mouth has a direct impact on the success of your dental implants, and any existing gum disease will need to be resolved before a dental implant can be placed. This ensures your gums are able to provide a strong, healthy foundation for your dental implants. If you have gum disease, Dr. Silvoy offers periodontal treatment using state-of-the-art lasers to eliminate this condition and restore your oral health before undergoing implant surgery.
Can implants help me if I have dentures?
Yes, Dr. Silvoy can place several implants to attach a denture, making it more comfortable and stable to wear. Patients who have been wearing dentures for a long time are likely to have experienced some bone loss due to lack of teeth. During your consultation, Dr. Silvoy will determine if you have suffered bone loss, in which case you will need to undergo a bone grafting procedure to prepare your jawbone for implant placement. It’s important to note that grafting may not be successful for some patients who have experienced extensive bone loss.
If I have a tooth extracted can I have an implant placed the same day?
In many cases, the answer is yes. At our practice, we have the technology to complete the entire implant dentistry process in-house, from the planning stage to the fabrication and placement of the implant. However, not every patient has the necessary bone density or oral health to immediately support an implant, which will require a preparatory procedure – such as periodontal treatment or bone grafting – before the implant can be placed.
How long does recovery take after dental implant placement?
Although recovery can vary by patient, we usually recommend staying home from work the day after surgery. It’s important to take it easy for several days following your procedure to allow swelling and soreness to ease. We also recommend refraining from strenuous activities, eating hard foods, and smoking so that your body can fully heal.
What are my options for paying for dental implants?
At the practice of Dr. Michael Silvoy, we offer several financing and payment options to help you restore your smile. We feature our very own Better Smiles Savings Plan that offers a 20% discount on dental implants, the CareCredit® Healthcare Credit Card that allows you to pay for your procedures over time, and we also accept a variety of insurances that we can bill directly to your insurance provider. Visit our dental implant financing page or contact Dr. Silvoy to learn more about your options.