A: Call (434) 473-7449 to schedule an initial evaluation, during which Dr. Claiborne will perform a thorough dental exam, review your medical history, take X-rays and discuss treatment options with you. Due to the depth of this evaluation, there is a $150 charge applied for the services involved in the initial consultation.
Q: Am I a candidate?
A: If you answer “yes” to any of these questions you may be a candidate for dental implants:
- Are you having problems eating, chewing, or speaking properly due to missing teeth?
- Do your dentures move around when you chew?
- Do you get frequent sore spots from your denture or need “paste” to hold it in?
- Do you have a partial denture but never wear it?
Please note that certain conditions will put patients in a higher risk category (e.g., smoking, uncontrolled diabetes, autoimmune disorders, etc.)
Q: How long does the initial evaluation take?
A: About an hour.
Q: How long does the actual procedure take?
A: The length of your visit will vary according to your specific case. Typically the Same Day Smile procedure is about 4 hours.
Q: What is a dental implant?
Patients don’t always need one implant for each missing tooth. In some cases, just a few implants are enough to anchor a full arch of upper or lower replacement teeth.
The bone in the jaw attaches to the metal of these implants—helping slow the process of bone loss that occurs where a tooth has been lost. Removable dentures can cause this bone loss to occur more quickly, but our permanent implants can help preserve bone structure.
This remarkable technology has achieved a long-term success rate of greater than 95%.
Q: How long do the implants take to heal?
A: While you will be able to resume normal activities within a day or two, the entire healing process may take several months. Dr. Claiborne will likely advise you to build your menu around softer foods for a couple of weeks following your implants—after which you’ll be able to return to a completely normal diet.
Q: Is it painful?
A: Dr. Claiborne performs Same Day Smile procedures under IV sedation. This provides the most comfortable and relaxed possible experience. Most patients will not remember the procedure. Post-operative discomfort is minimal and we expect more patients to resume normal activity within 48-72 hours afterwards.
Q: How long will my implants last?
A: Dr. Claiborne has a 95% success rate to date with hundreds of implants placed. Most literature will state a 90-95% survival rate for 10 years. Patients who smoke have an increased risk of failure (usually 2.5 times greater than a non-smoker). The best way to ensure long term success is with good oral hygiene and 6-month cleaning appointments with radiographic follow-up of your implants.
Q: Will my insurance cover implants?
A: Typically dental insurance does not cover dental implants.
Q: What are the consequences of doing nothing?
A: Depending upon your particular condition, there can be a number of consequences of doing nothing:
- Ill-fitting dentures just get worse.
- Remaining teeth are subjected to stresses and pressures.
- Jaw structure can deteriorate faster when teeth are missing.
- Many denture wearers avoid eating healthy foods (such as fresh vegetables) because of difficulty chewing.