Dental Implants FAQ

Will I have temporary teeth during the healing phase?

If the implant site is near the front of your mouth, we have a variety of temporary options, such as bridges and transitional appliances, to get you through the healing phase. In some cases, the temporary tooth can even be placed (“unloaded”) on the implant at the same time as surgery.

Do dental implants hurt?

During the surgery, you will be properly anesthetized at all times, so you won’t feel a thing! And after surgery, you’ll be relieved to know that most of our patients experience very little pain, which is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Any necessary prescriptions will be discussed during your visit.

Do dental implants feel like real teeth?

Yes! Your dental implant will feel, look and operate just like your natural teeth. Before you know it, you will be eating all of the foods that you used to enjoy!

Will I need to miss work for dental implant surgery?

Patients typically take anywhere from a few hours to a few days off of work, depending on the type of sedation, the implant site and their pre-op health.

What are single-stage implants?

A single-stage implant is when we are able to place the implant and avoid a secondary surgical procedure to uncover the dental implant during the abutment or restoration stage. Most patient cases are single-stage implants, and we can leave the soft tissue surrounding the dental implant alone.

What if I am missing a lot of teeth?

If you are missing many teeth, we can give you implant-supported dentures or a full arch of prosthetic teeth, which is attached to a couple of implants. This option is a great solution for those who need the quantity of teeth provided by a denture but don’t want the hassle associated with it.

What are the risks and complications associated with dental implants?

Dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%, and the procedure has been around for decades with continual improvements and discoveries made all along the way. The risks are very low and closely resemble those of other minor surgical procedures (infection, injury to adjacent teeth, etc.).

How long do dental implants last?

Studies have shown that properly placed and well-maintained dental implants can last for a very long time. Advanced technology and experience enable us to give you the very best shot at keeping yours for life!

When will I have my permanent teeth?

Depending on your condition, permanent restorations are placed as early as one month or as late as 12 months.

How do I care for my implants?

Care for your implants as you do for your natural teeth – brushing twice and flossing once daily and visiting your dentist every 4-6 months. Take good care of them, and they will take care of you! For more information about Dental Implants or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zakaria, call our office Livonia Periodontist Office Phone Number 734-542-9904!