Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

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In our 35 years of experience as an oral surgery practice, we have expertly placed thousands of dental implants. We understand there are many questions regarding the dental implant process, specifically 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 Implant FAQs

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option for missing teeth 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 surgeon 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 of missing teeth, we have 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. We also exclusively offer the SmileOn!™ dental implant solution to give you a full arch of teeth the same day as surgery.

Our oral surgeon, Dr. William Lane, has over 35 years of experience, and has placed thousands of dental implants in patients with a variety of needs and conditions. Dr. Lane typically places around 500 implants every year.

While some general dentists are trained in placing implants, oral surgeons are experts in the complexities of the bone, tissues and nerves involved. Dr. Lane has dedicated his professional career 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 surgeon has the knowledge and experience to treat those who do have any underlying conditions.

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.

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! We are certified to administer IV sedation to give you a calming experience free of discomfort.

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 plan the placement of your dental implants so they are in the optimum location. Dr. Lane can administer IV sedation if needed. Our team treats each dental 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. We also offer the SmileOn! dental implant solution that allows us to extract teeth, place dental implants and provide you with a temporary set of teeth that very day. You won’t be without secure teeth at any point in the dental implant process.

Our unique office is designed to accommodate patients receiving dental implants, and those who are undergoing other oral and maxillofacial surgeries. We are equipped to administer IV sedation in our office as well. Most patients enjoy our calming office with scenic views to help them feel calm and relaxed.

When placing dental implants in Plymouth, MA, our oral surgeon is 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 our experienced oral surgeon and cared for properly, 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.

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