Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you are considering implants, Dr. Esmail will need to examine your oral health thoroughly and review your medical and dental history. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended so that your implants will have a stable foundation in your jaw. See our page on Bone Grafting for more information on this beneficial treatment.
To find out if dental implants are the best tooth replacement solution for you, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Esmail at Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre.
How do I care for my new dental implants?
Once your doctor has indicated that you have healed enough, you can brush and floss your dental implants just like you would your natural teeth. Be sure to see your family dentist regularly to help ensure your implants last a very long time.
How long do implants last?
Once your implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.
How long is the recovery period?
Every patient is different, and there are many factors that contribute to post-surgical healing time. Your age, healing abilities, and oral and overall health are the main factors that affect the duration of your recovery period. A full recovery from dental implant surgery may take between three and six months – this accounts for the time it will take for the titanium implant post to integrate with the bone in your jaw. The bone integration is what provides the permanent, lifelong benefit of this tooth restoration, allowing the implants to become just like the roots of natural teeth. However, you should be able to get back to your normal routine far before complete healing has occurred, once Dr. Esmail has indicated that your healing is on schedule. Be very careful when chewing hard foods around the implant site until you have been advised that a full recovery has occurred. See our page on Dental Implants for more information on this treatment.
When are the replacement teeth attached to the implants?
The replacement teeth (crowns) are attached to the implant posts once your jaw bone has integrated with the implant. It may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement, but this will depend on a variety of factors. Dr. Esmail will carefully assess your condition to determine the best time for crown placement. See our page on Dental Implants for more information on this treatment.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental implants may seem expensive, but they are an incredible long-term value. The exact cost of your dental implant placement depends on a few factors, such as the number of implants you will be receiving and if you will require bone grafting or extractions to prepare for your implant surgery. Your insurance coverage will also be a factor in estimating the final cost. We will assist you in estimating what your payments will be once we evaluate all the factors in your case. The best way to find out what your dental implants will cost is to have a consultation with Dr. Esmail where you will be provided with a customized treatment plan. See our page on Dental Implant Cost for more information.
Are dental implants painful?
It’s natural to have some apprehension prior to a surgical procedure, but you will be very well taken care of by the team at Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre. We will do everything we can to ensure you feel at ease before, during, and after your procedure. Dr. Esmail is highly-trained in the administration of anesthesia and sedation, and you will receive the type anesthesia that you decided upon during your consultation appointment. Rest assured, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your surgery. Most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain and are back to their regular routines quickly. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to help your recovery go as smoothly as possible. See our page on Anesthesia Options for more detailed information.
Will I have temporary teeth while my implants heal?
You have many options when it comes to receiving temporary teeth while your implants are healing. Removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made, an existing denture can be modified, or you can have a new temporary denture made. If you prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional crowns can be placed in some patients.
How many doctors are involved in the dental implant process?
An oral surgeon is the dental professional that has the most experience and training in the surgical procedures required to place dental implants. Your general dentist usually provides the temporary and permanent replacement teeth (custom crowns). Both doctors will work together to plan and implement your dental implant process, and in some cases other dental specialists may help with your care. See our page on Dental Implants for more information on this tooth restoration solution.
Where can I get dental implants?
If you are interested in dental implant treatment and live near the Abbotsford, BC, area, our oral surgeon, Dr. Esmail, is available to meet with you for a consultation. Dr. Esmail is a trusted dental implant specialist, offering the full scope of dental implant procedures.
We are always happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact Abbotsford Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Centre at (604) 504-7522. A member of our administrative staff will be pleased to assist you.