DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS - Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons

Your Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

We Believe in Transparency

In our nearly 50 years of combined experience as oral surgeons, we have expertly placed thousands of dental implants. We understand there are many questions, however, regarding the implant process, how much dental implants cost and who is most qualified to perform your surgery. We are transparent in what you can expect so you can make the most informed decision and feel confident about your choice to replace your teeth with the gold standard in replacement options.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that mimic the look, feel and function of your natural teeth. Implants can restore 99% of function, allowing you to eat anything you want while looking completely natural and beautiful.

Dental implants placed by our expert oral surgeons have a 95% success rate. With proper care they can successfully last your lifetime.

The cost of dental implants varies from patient to patient. During your consultation we will take into consideration the number of teeth that need to be replaced, how much bone is available or if we will need to perform a bone graft or sinus lift prior to surgery, any tooth extractions, and if any infection is present.

Whether you have one missing tooth or an entire arch, we have dental implant solutions to accommodate you. For full-arch tooth loss we can place as little as two implants that support an entire denture or bridge, giving you a secure fit.

Our board-certified oral surgeons have nearly 50 years of combined experience, and have placed thousands of dental implants in patients with a variety of needs and conditions.

While some general dentists are trained in placing dental implants, oral surgeons are experts in the complexities of the bone, tissues and nerves involved. All five of our oral surgeons are board-certified and most qualified to perform such an important procedure. Our team has dedicated their professional careers to providing patients with experienced, meticulous care in all aspects of oral and maxillofacial care.

If you have one, many or a full arch of missing teeth you are likely a candidate for dental implants. You should be in good overall health and be free of any gum disease or infection. Our oral surgeons have the knowledge and experience to treat those who do have any underlying conditions.

Even if you have been told you don’t have enough bone to support dental implants, you may still be a candidate. Through bone grafting or sinus lift procedures we can rebuild bone in your jaw so you can get any number of implants placed.

This is a common misconception we often hear. Having dental implants placed is generally not painful and actually feels similar to having a tooth pulled. In fact, many of our patients say they hardly felt anything at all! All of our oral surgeons are certified to administer IV and general sedation if it’s needed.

Using 3D technology, we first take detailed images of your mouth which tells us exactly where the nerves are located and where the best possible location to place your implant(s) is. With this information we then create a computer guide and use it during surgery to precisely place your implant(s) in the jaw bone for the best results. Our board-certified oral surgeons can administer sedation medication if needed. Our team treats each implant case uniquely, guaranteeing your experience is customized and that you feel comfortable throughout.

In most cases we can remove a tooth, or multiple teeth, and place an implant the same day.

All three of our office locations, Johnson City; Bridgeport; and Bristol, were designed to accommodate patients receiving dental implants, and those who are undergoing other oral and maxillofacial surgeries. We are equipped to administer sedation in our office as well.

When placing dental implants, our oral surgeons are particular when it comes to placing them under the right conditions and in the precise location. We see very little complications after implants are placed by us, but do treat those whose implants weren’t placed correctly or that have failed. If you experience any complications such as pain, bleeding or you can see any part of the implant below the gumline, you may require simple treatment for infection or may need to have the implant replaced.

When placed by an experienced oral surgeon and cared for properly, dental implants can last your lifetime. The crown or restoration piece may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, but the titanium screw should last many years.

Your dental implants can be cleaned like your normal teeth. We recommend brushing twice a day and flossing daily, and maintaining regular cleanings with your general dentist.

Have more questions? We have the answers. Contact us now!

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