After Implant Placement

What Are The Potential Problems?

Although it is natural to be concerned about the pain that may be caused by these procedures, most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible. Occasionally, some people develop post-operative infections that require additional antibiotic treatment. In rare cases the dental implant may become infected and ultimately fail. If this happens Dr. Whitesides will work with you to replace the implant.

Call Dunwoody Office Phone Number 404-932-9964 with questions and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Whitesides.

How Long Will The Implants Last?

Implants usually last a long time. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies (more than 30 years) show an 80 to 90 percent success rate. For patients missing one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of greater than 95 percent, which compares favorably with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). However, if one of your dental implants either doesn’t heal properly or loosens after a period of time, you may need to have it removed. After the site heals (or on occasion at the time of removal), another implant usually can be placed.

When Are The Replacement Teeth Attached To The Implant?

One-Day-Teeth™ means you get your teeth in one day! The dental work required to complete your treatment is complex and will involve a few pre-operative visits and post-operative visits. Most of the work involves actually making the new teeth before they are placed. On the day of the surgery you will walk out of the office with a new smile. 

Your restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allow us to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records so that we see the relationship of your upper and lower jaws. With this information, we will make the abutments (support posts) that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of abutments exist. Frequently, we can use “off the shelf” abutments. Other times, custom abutments must be made of gold or a tooth-colored ceramic material. As you can imagine, these custom made abutments add to the cost and treatment time involved. Which abutment to use is a decision that often cannot be made until after healing is complete and impressions have been made.

The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, as few as three short appointments may be required. Between appointments, we will need time to complete the necessary lab work to make your replacement teeth. It is most beneficial that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.

It is difficult for us to tell you exactly how much the restorative phase of your treatment will cost, although you should receive a reasonable estimate from our office after your initial consultation.

A couple with great smiles

Dental Implants

are the most technologically advanced and longest lasting tooth replacement option available. Restore your confidence… Smile, Eat and Enjoy!

How Do I Clean My New Teeth?

As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported restorations regularly with toothbrushes, floss and any other recommended aids. You should also visit your dentist several times each year for hygiene and maintenance. As with regular dentures and other tooth replacements, your implants and their associated components are subject to wear and tear and eventually will need repair, including clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other adjustments.

Will One Doctor Do Everything?

Achieving a beautiful new smile in one visit take the effort of three specialists; Oral Surgeon, Prosthodontist, and Lab Technician.  Dr Schwartz, prosthodontist, will design your smile and guide the lab technician in the preparation of your new smile. Dr. Whitesides, Oral Surgeon, will provide you with comfortable sedation for the surgical procedures including the implant placement. Once the implants have been placed Dr Schwartz will align the teeth and attach them to the implants with the help of our onsite lab technician. You are in good hands with the three specialists working together side by side to make your new smile a reality.

How Much Does All Of This Cost?

Our goal is to provide you with a New Smile under the best possible care at the most reasonable cost.

Understandably, the cost of your new smile is part of your decision-making. However, everyone’s circumstances are different therefore the cost of dental implant treatment varies. Since your fee is based on your individual needs you will receive our lowest fee for your particular needs. Schedule your consultation Today!

Understanding cost is very important. Unlike One-Stop national dental implant chains, you will receive your treatment in a caring private practice setting with precision medical and dental equipment and first class customer service. You will see the same doctors on all your visits and will only receive one fee.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz to find out your treatment options and costs.  Third party financing available.

The cost of the surgical phase will be determined by Dr. Whitesides while the cost of the restorative phase will be determined by Dr. Schwartz.  Each case and patient is unique.  Our team will work with you to determine how we may provide you with the best possible care within your expectations for a reasonable cost.

What about after my work is done?

 Unlike the corporate dental implant supercenters, Drs. Schwartz and Whitesides are interested in providing you with a lifetime of care. Every patient who receives One-Day-Teeth from Lee "Mac" Whitesides, DMD, MMSc will be provided, at no cost, a yearly check-up to evaluate the implants and the prosthesis. At One-Day-Teeth @ Paper Mill Dental you are more than a patient, you’re family.