Frequently Asked Questions:

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are small screws that are inserted into the jaw bone, to create the foundation upon which a replacement tooth will be placed. They are mainly made out of titanium, but can also be made out of zirconia. They come in different sizes, different shapes, and different threads, but the principle is the same- they are placed within the bone and after healing, will serve as a stationary anchor for teeth.

Why should I get Dental Implants?

Dental implants are considered the standard of care for missing teeth, meaning the best way (the most natural way) that you can restore a missing tooth and rehabilitate a lack of function caused by missing teeth. It's the best thing you can do to achieve that goal in maintaining the volume; both height and width of the jaw bone. When we lose teeth there is a lack of function that leads to volume loss in the bone. By replacing the missing tooth with implants, you're constantly sending signals saying that the foundation is there, thus, bone stability. Dental implants provide a foundation inside your jawbone which allows you to maintain stimulation, resulting in the preservation of the bone.

How do I know if I'm a candidate?

Most individuals with generally good health are candidates. Dental implants are contraindicated in people with uncontrolled diabetes and heavy cigarette smokers, meaning it's not a successful procedure if done in those two groups of individuals. The most important factor that determines candidacy is the presence of an adequate amount of bone, both width-wise and height-wise.

What's the difference between Dental Implants and Dentures?

Dental implant prostheses and dentures are both modes of replacing missing teeth. Dentures are removable and dental implants are permanently attached- they cannot be removed, except by your dentist.

Is it possible to go from Dentures to Dental Implants?

Yes. It's quite common to go from dentures to implants since dentures can be uncomfortable, painful, and require a lot of adhesive. Bottom dentures can be more difficult as your lower jaw sees more movement. It is better to convert to dental implants early on. The longer you wait, the greater the loss in bone volume, decreasing your chances of candidacy.

How many teeth can be replaced with Dental Implants?

We can replace one tooth, a few teeth, or even a whole arch. This depends on the span of your arch and your individual needs.

What if I was told I am not a candidate for Dental Implants?

If you were told you weren't a candidate for regular dental implants, it may still be possible. Give our office a call and come see us for a free consultation and complimentary CT scan.

If my implant was done elsewhere can it still be restored?

Yes, it is possible to restore an implant that was placed by another dentist. What comes to the mind of the clinician is the long term prognosis and the success of this procedure. If implants are positioned poorly or if there is evidence of bone loss or inflammation, these are indications of future complications and problems. Clinicians usually try to avoid restoring dental implants that are of subpar quality.

Will my new teeth look natural?

Dental Implants using our specific type of zirconia are the most natural looking. They can be cleaned, brushed, and flossed in the same manner. Talking and chewing will also feel virtually the same.

What kind of dentist does implants?

In the United States, any dentist is licensed to place implants, but typically dentists who are surgically enhanced are more qualified to perform the procedure. Dental Implantology is not a recognized specialty by the ADA (American Dental Association) which in itself is a private entity. In many states, including Texas, Dental Implants ARE recognized as a specialty, so those with fellowship or diplomate status from The American Board of Oral Implantology and American Academy of Implant Dentistry are marketed as specialists. Dental Implant procedures are best performed by Dentists with years of experience in placing implants and mouth restorations.

Are Dental Implants safe?

Yes, Dental Implants are generally considered safe. The body does not recognize titanium oxide as a foreign object. This is the main reason the implants are able to osseointegrate- or become one with our jaw bone. Any other metal or material in the jaw bone will almost always be rejected.

How long will the procedure take?

A single dental implant procedure on a healed jaw bone takes about 30 minutes at Cloud Dental. We also dedicate time to adequately numb and discuss post-op care instructions.

Will I receive teeth the same day?

Yes. You will walk out of our office with a set of fixed temporary teeth the same day. These will look and feel natural allowing you to talk and eat normally

How long is the process from implants to finals?

Depending on the location of the implant in the jawbone anywhere from 3-6 months.

Why is it called Teeth in a Day if it takes longer?

Teeth in a day refers to the fact that at the end of the surgery, you will receive a set of fixed temporary teeth you can chew soft food with. They look and feel very natural. You will keep this set for approximately 3-4 months before your final teeth are made.

What are the advantages of Dental Implants?

Ability to smile and chew without limitations and unlike dentures, Implants preserve the jaw bone and look and feel natural.

What are the disadvantages of Dental Implants?

Surgical procedures can be inconvenient at times and in this case, depending on what part of your mouth the dental implants are being placed. Typically the healing process takes about 3-4 months.

How do I take care of my Dental Implants?

Brushing, flossing, and going back to your dentist every 6 months will ensure proper health for your implants. We want to make sure there's no plaque or redness around the gum surrounding the implants.

What is the success rate of Dental Implants?

The success rate for Dental Implants is 95-98% in healthy individuals. Smoking and some diseases negatively affect this rate.

What should I avoid after getting Dental Implants?

Immediately after placing dental implants, there is an osteointegration phase where the titanium is fusing with the bone in your jaw. For a period of about 3-4 months, you should avoid chewing on hard foods and directly putting pressure on the area to ensure the implant remains anchored to the bone.

What if I need to leave town?

We have patients who travel to our office, have the surgery done, and leave town in a day or two with a final set of fully functional zirconia teeth. A healthy and adequate amount of bone is required in this case. Please discuss your particular case with Dr. Samani.

Does the procedure require general anesthesia?

In short, no. However, if both jaws are undergoing surgery and there are many teeth to be removed, some patients prefer to be put under general anesthesia. The general anesthesia is provided by a licensed anesthesiologist.

What's the difference between general anesthesia sedation and IV conscious sedation?

During general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious. When given IV conscious sedation, the patient is very relaxed but is not unconscious, so they are still able to respond to stimuli.

Should I take time off from work?

For single dental implants, you may be able to go back to regular activity the next day depending on the extension of the surgery and your line of work but the majority of our patients do prefer to take up to 3 days off of work after the full mouth procedure to rest.

Do I have to wait for my permanent teeth?

Yes, the permanent teeth are typically made after 3-4 months however, depending on the quality of the bone and some other factors, the finals can be made within a day or two post-surgery if needed.

How many follow-up visits can I expect?

This will depend on your specific needs. For most patients, 3 to 4 visits are normal.

How long do the implants last?

With proper care and maintenance, dental implants should last your whole life. We trust our process and the material we use which is why we offer a lifetime warranty on both the dental implant and the zirconia teeth.

What are All On 4 Teeth in a Day and implants made of?

Most dental implants are made out of Titanium due to their ability to adhere to the bone, a process referred to as osseointegration. The teeth are made from Zirconia which is a highly aesthetic material with gradient technology and incisal edge radiolucency.

Is there a lot of pain?

It is not a painful procedure. Complete numbness is achieved by the doctor prior to surgery. You can expect some discomfort post-surgery, but you will have medication prescribed to manage any pain. Following the post-op instructions diligently, will minimize the pain and complications.

How much will it cost to do the All On 4 procedure?

$17,995 for a single arch (upper or lower) Full mouth (both arches) will cost about $36k. There are additional discounts available when paid in full with debit, cash, or check. Please call the office to learn more.

Will my dental insurance cover my procedure?

Many dental insurance plans nowadays cover implant procedures either partially or in full. We have a billing expert on-site who will work with you and your insurance provider to make sure you get the most out of your plan.

Are payment plans available?

We work with different financial service companies including Lending Club, CareCredit, and Proceed. Find out if you qualify by using the links below:

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