Dental Implant FAQs Amherst, NY

Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about dental implants. If you have a specific question that is not answered below, please call our Amherst dentist office and we will be happy to assist you.

IS DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY PAINFUL?

Most of our patients say they are amazed at how comfortable they were during and after their treatment. Amherst dentists Dr. Karl and Walter Neuhaus are highly experienced in implant dentistry and offer sedation options for your complete comfort. They will discuss your personal concerns during a consultation so you will know and understand what to expect the day of your procedure.

HOW MUCH PAIN WILL I FEEL AFTER THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCEDURE?

There is generally little to no discomfort following the dental implant surgery. Our dental office staff will call in any necessary prescriptions in advance to prevent swelling and discomfort.

WHAT CAN I EAT AFTER HAVING MY DENTAL IMPLANT PLACED?

We recommend a soft food diet for a few days.

HOW LONG DOES PLACEMENT, HEALING AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE REPLACEMENT TEETH TAKE?

The healing and recovery time is largely dependent on the foundation we have to place the implant. Generally, it takes about 3-6 months for the initial implant phase to heal completely. At this point, Dr. Neuhaus will complete the second phase and add the abutment that will hole the final restoration. A temporary may be placed at this time, but in about 1-2 months time the final dental crown is typically placed, completing the process.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY IMPLANT?

Home care for your implants consists of brushing and flossing. Dental implants are not subject to decay, but do require healthy supporting bone. Good oral health and regular dental cleaning/exam visits are required to prevent gum disease/bone loss to ensure long-term health and success.

HOW LONG DOES AN IMPLANT LAST?

Once the implant has integrated with your bone, it should last 30 years or more with good oral health and preventative care. The first dental implant placed more than forty years ago was still with the patient when he passed away in 2009.