Q: Does our office have a highly qualified implant doctor or specialist?
Yes. Dr. Yoon is a board-certified periodontist and implant specialist; he has been doing implants for over 10 years and is a professor at Augusta University dental school where he trains future dental implant specialists.
Q: What is the minimum age to do an implant?
The patient has to be done growing. Because implants do not grow with the patient, there will be gaps between the implant and the patient's other teeth if his or her jaw grows further. Typically, the average age where a person stops growing is around 25 for males and 21 for females.
Q: Can I do implants if I have diabetes?
Yes, as long as it's controlled (HbA1c must be under 8.0).
Q: How long does it take to do an implant and how many appointments is it?
Implants treatment is expected to be completed in 4-8 months depending on the situation, and could be a minimum of 4 appointments.
Q: Are there additional costs for x-rays?
No, as they're included in our exam/treatment fees.
Q: Do we use mini implants?
No, as they are low-quality products that don't work well.
About the Surgery Appointment
Q: Can I work after the surgery?
Most patients return to work immediately, but it depends on the individual patient's comfort level; it is perfectly fine to take the next day off to rest.
Q: Is there a lot of pain after the procedure?
Only moderate pain for first 3-5 days, similar to that of an extraction.
About Your Post-Operative Care
Q: My sutures/stitches came out. What should I do?
It is expected for some sutures to loosen or fall out after a few days after the surgery, which is perfectly fine, as their main purpose is to hold the gums together for the first few days.
Q: When do I come back to remove my sutures/stitches?
Our office uses resorbable (dissolvable) stitches, so there they do not have to be removed. Your body will absorb them. They also might fall out on their own, which is perfectly fine.
Q: Can I drive after the surgery?
Yes; we only use local anesthetics in our office. Our doctor is an implant specialist with lots of experience, so the implant procedure is very fast (usually within a couple of minutes), so no sedation or gas is used.
Q: I lost my copy of the post-operative instructions. Where can I get them?