Dental Implants FAQ

Periodontist placing Dental Implants in Camillus NY

Dental implants are the most effective and only permanent way to replace missing teeth. The procedure takes place over several months, with Dr. Engle placing the implants and performing any additional procedures needed, including bone grafting, to secure the implants firmly in the jawbone.

Dental Implants Procedure

At your first appointment, Dr. Engle evaluates your overall and oral health, examining your teeth and jawbone. Different implant options are discussed, and a treatment plan is developed. If bone grafts are needed, two surgeries are required. Bone grafting builds up the jawbone so it is strong enough to support the implants. Healing after bone grafting takes a few months before implant placement.

On the day of implant placement, you will be given anesthetics, and the surgery will be performed in our surgical suite. Depending on how many teeth are being replaced and what type of implants are used, the surgery can take a half-hour to three hours. Temporary crowns or prosthetics cover the implants while they heal and fuse with the surrounding jawbone. After 3-6 months, your dentist will attach the permanent crowns or fixed dentures to the implants.

Dental Implant Questions

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Implants may be right for you if you have one or more missing teeth and are in good health. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes, bleeding disorders, and some autoimmune diseases and those undergoing chemotherapy are not candidates for dental implants. Heavy smokers are not good candidates, as they have a higher implant failure rate.

Who should place my dental implants?

A periodontist specializing in dental implant surgery is the best person to place your implants. Dr. Engle is a board-certified periodontist with advanced training and experience in implant surgery. While some general dentists may offer implant placement, they are not as knowledgeable in implant surgery and do not perform the procedure regularly. Periodontists focus on treating the jawbone and gums and their relationship with the teeth, making them the ideal practitioners for implant placement. Dr. Engle routinely places dental implants and furthers his knowledge every year through continuing education on the latest advancements in dental implant placement.

How long has Dr. Engle been placing dental implants?

Dr. Engle has been placing dental implants successfully for over 30 years. During this time, countless patients have been thrilled with the results.

Will I be given anesthesia for the procedure?

For any implant surgery, we numb the area with a local anesthetic. You are offered various sedation options appropriate to your health to relieve anxiety and keep you comfortable during surgery. Options include oral sedation.

Are dental implants painful?

Following surgery, there is swelling and mild pain for the first week. These can be controlled with over-the-counter medications and ice packs to reduce inflammation. During this time, a soft diet is recommended to give the implants time to fuse with the jawbone. Most people are back to their routines without pain within a week.

Do I need to take time off work for dental implants?

Most patients take 2-3 days off work following implant placement. Rest, fluids, and minimal activity are essential to proper healing. Taking a few days to relax on the couch and catch up on sleep to aid the healing process is crucial.

How long does it take for the implants to heal?

It varies depending on the individual. Some patients’ implants may stabilize enough to support dental restorations after 6-8 weeks, while it takes longer for others. If bone grafting is needed, this adds a few months to recovery times before the implants are placed.

Do dental implants ever fail?

A dental implant may not fuse properly with the surrounding jawbone in rare situations. This is usually the result of periodontal disease that was not treated properly before surgery or infection. Dr. Engle will treat any periodontal issues before considering implant surgery. The failure rate of implants is quite low.

Will implants look like my natural teeth?

Yes. Your dentist or prosthodontist will design and fabricate crowns or dental prosthetics that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. No other tooth replacement looks as natural while retaining jawbone health. The only people who will know your teeth are not genuine are you and your dentist.

Dr. Engle and his staff are always available to answer your questions about dental implants. If you are interested in dental implant placement, contact us at Marc D. Engle, D.D.S. Office Phone Number 315-476-5156 to schedule a consultation.