Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that choosing dental implants and a dental implant doctor near you can be confusing. So we created a guide that you can download or view online. Click here for that guide.
In addition, we have compiled a list of frequently asked dental implant questions. Click on your questions below.
For even more information specific to your case, we offer free and private consultations. Just call (716) 882-3777 to schedule one today!
I've been told that I don't have enough bone to get a dental implant.
We hear this weekly from patients that they have been told by "big and credible" dental facilities that they have too much bone loss to have dental implants placed.
What is Dr. Farber's response? This is simply not the case. Only in very, very rare exception, can you not get implants! (Side note, we struggled writing this part because to date, we have not had one case that Dr. Farber couldn’t fix, but we don’t want to use absolutes. There are always exceptions, even if we haven’t seen them yet) And we’re not talking about the new super long implants that stick into your cheekbones (which Dr. Farber says should be used in only specific last resort cases and only by qualified surgeons).
To many people, this sounds too good to be true. Why would anyone tell you that you can't get implants done, and then Dr. Farber at Buffalo Dental Implant says yes you can? What if he's wrong? Wouldn't the other dental place have done it if it could be done?
Dr. Farber says that the reason is simple. Most doctors that tell you that too much bone loss means you can’t have dental implants are usually not completely up to date on the latest bone grafting techniques. Bone grafting is highly predictable (meaning that you can safely declare the outcome in advance) when it’s done by a surgeon that does nothing but place implants and bone grafts all day and every day. Dr. Farber has placed thousands and thousands of implants and places more standard implants than any single surgeon in Western New York.
In addition, he is a periodontal surgeon who travels continuously for education to stay absolutely current on every possible dental technique associated with dental implants. In short, he has the passion, tools, and the skills to get each case placed easily. His skills also allow him to place implants in a fraction of the time that it takes other surgeons to do the same surgery. This makes the patient experience much easier. Less time in surgery means less discomfort. Dr. Farber is truly a dental implant master.
Bone CAN be replaced (see more about bone grafting here) and Dr. Farber CAN create a safe environment for implants to securely remain in your mouth for a lifetime.
An example of this is a father who's 19 year old son was in an accident that damaged bone, tissue and several of his teeth. This is one of our favorite stories because the father was SO skeptical that we could do anything based on what so many other reputable offices had told him. The father was also HIGHLY skeptical because two other dental facilities had attempted and failed bone/tissue grafting. The father was very protective of his son because his son had already gone through so much suffering. Dr. Farber successfully placed an implant and performed bone and tissue augmentation that helped not only correct the damaged tooth, but the damage done to the surrounding tissue. This was all accomplished in one surgery. The son's smile was back to its original glory. We were so proud to have been trusted and to help when others couldn't.
So if you've been told that you can't have implants, or that you can't have implant supported full mouth-full arch dentures, come in for a free and private 2nd opinion. Ask to hear one of our case studies. Let Dr. Farber examine your mouth and you will most likely hear our favorite line, “No problem!”
And compare our pricing, because despite the high level of skill that we bring to the table, our pricing is very competitive and fair. We don’t need to charge more than most any other office because we are efficient and caring. Our motto is, "We don't just fix teeth, we change lives." We truly live it every day.
How much do dental implants cost?
Dental Implants at Buffalo Dental Implant cost an average of between $1700 and $2300. This includes bone and membrane. The reason that there isn't one straight forward answer (and you may find many places won't answer this question) is because everyone's case is different. Your bone health, how big of an implant is needed, whether you need an extraction... there are many little factors that change the actual cost of a dental implant.
You also need to make sure you're comparing similar products. Our implants are FDA approved. They are standard dental implants (not minis which are smaller and often require more than one per site) and we require fewer appointments than most doctors. We can place the bone and membrane on the same day as the implant which saves you much healing time. Our implants are placed by a surgeon. When people choose us as their 2nd opinion, they are very surprised to see that we meet and often beat prices offered by general dentists. When people choose as as their first option, they are getting a really great deal.
I'm nervous about bone grafting.
Don’t let bone grafting make you nervous. Bone grafting is simply the placement of inert bone cell tissue into the site of a dental implant placement. This is done (when needed) to make sure the body has a leg up on healing and holding the Implant in place.
The bone graft material is sterile and safe. Dr. Farber gently places and sculpts this material into areas where you have any missing bone. Your body’s bone cells recognize this as bone tissue and your cells adhere to it and grow solid new bone. The bone graft serves as a type of “scaffold” to support new bone growth while enhancing your bone’s ability to support your Implant.
It’s sterile, painless, and is used only when necessary to help your body heal.
If you have been told you do not have enough bone for an implant, get a second opinion. The person that told you may not be familiar with all the latest surgical techniques and materials. Bone can be grown in almost any situation and it does not have to delay healing.
How many appointments are required.
What is the healing time for dental implants? This does depend on who places your implant. At Buffalo Dental Implant it is typically 3 appointments after your consultation.
Appointment 1 - Dr. Farber does your extraction (if needed), and places the implant and any needed bone and membrane, all in this appointment. Usually in less than 30 minutes.
Appointment 2 - This is a 20 minute healing check appointment. It's called a tap test because we use a small tool to very lightly tap on the implant. The resonation sound it makes indicates whether it is healing well. This appointment is usually 5-6 weeks after appointment number 1.
Appointment 3 - This is the torque check. It's another 20 minute appointment where we check for healing. We use another tool to gently check the implant to make sure there is no wiggling or spinning. This indicates that the bone has secured itself into the implant and is keeping it securely in place. This appointment usually takes place at the 12-14 week mark. After this appointment you are cleared to get your implant restored which means getting the visible crown and abutment put on so your tooth looks like a tooth!
How many days do I have to go without teeth (or a tooth)?
Zero! We will have a temporary tooth ready for you at appointment 1. We take the impressions at the consultation and have it ready for you same day. The reason you need a temporary tooth is because after any procedure like this, your gums will be a little bit swollen. You can't get a good impression for your permanent tooth at this point. Many places like to say teeth today, but those teeth are still temporaries.