Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth or need to have damaged teeth removed, you should consider dental implants. You may also want to explore implants if you are unhappy with your dentures or other tooth replacement.
Even patients who have significant bone loss can be candidates for dental implants. At his state-of-the-art practice in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Ficca uses advanced grafting techniques to restore strength and stability to the jaw bone. This allows him to place dental implants in sites that weren’t possible before. We encourage you to come in for a consultation to explore your options.
During your visit, Dr. Ficca will talk with you about your goals for treatment and examine your teeth and surrounding tissues. He’ll review your X-rays and may take 3D X-rays, also known as a cone beam CT scan, to get insight into the supporting structure of your teeth.
Typically, Dr. Ficca performs bone grafting in the same procedure as placing dental implants. In some cases, patients receive a bone graft and then wait several months so that the site can become strong enough for an implant. As part of your consultation, Dr. Ficca will help you understand your treatment plan and answer any questions you have.
What Is It Like Recovering from Dental Implants?
You’ll have your procedure in-office with local anesthesia or local with IV sedation. The latter option allows you to sleep through the entire experience. In either case, you should be completely comfortable and not feel any part of your treatment.
Surgery to place a single implant usually takes under an hour. As a periodontist, Dr. Ficca will also use techniques to condition the gums and surrounding soft tissue. This will promote a more natural appearance once you receive your crown.
In the two days following the procedure, our patients usually take ibuprofen and Tylenol®. Most people describe the symptoms as “minimal discomfort.” You can expect to return to normal activities on day three, and minor swelling and discomfort should fade over the next few days.
You’ll have a follow-up visit with Dr. Ficca two weeks after receiving your dental implants and then 8-10 weeks later. Once your implants are secure, you’ll visit your restorative dentist, who will place your permanent crowns. Dr. Ficca and our staff will be in close contact with the restorative dentist throughout your treatment to make sure your final outcome is as secure and natural-looking as possible.