Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on oral surgery procedures.
Why do I need a consultation?
The initial visit is very important. This is when you first meet Dr. Hutto and our friendly staff and your opportunity to get all of your questions answered and thoroughly understand what will happen on the day of your surgery. The doctor will do a brief medical, airway and anesthesia evaluation that is appropriate for your case. It is also in this visit that we can determine the cost for the work you need to have done.
Will it hurt?
Dr. Hutto is committed to patient comfort. He makes a promise to each patient that they will not have any discomfort during the surgery. Patients are routinely impressed with his technique. He is particularly great with children. He has a way of making the parents feel very comfortable with how their children are treated, and children are always happy to see him at the follow up visit.
Which anesthetic will I need?
Choosing the anesthetic that is right for you will be decided jointly by you and Dr. Hutto. Anesthesia is based on your needs with regard to physical comfort as well as emotional comfort. Dr. Hutto is highly trained and experienced in all types of anesthesia including general anesthesia.
How long does an implant last? Once the healing phase has been completed, a correctly placed high-quality implant is more resistant to many influences than the natural tooth root. An optimally loaded titanium implant will not break and cannot be affected by caries. Consistent oral hygiene will keep the gum and the implant site healthy. This means that implants can last a lifetime with proper hygiene.
What are implants made of? FRIADENT implants are made of pure surgical titanium. The material has proven to be so suitable for the purpose that by now 99 percent of all dental implant systems use titanium. It is extremely stable and very compatible to the body. Titanium also becomes fully integrated into the bone tissue. The silvery-gray color of titanium is also not a disadvantage, because implants – just like the natural root of the tooth – are invisible inside in the jawbone.
I am a diabetic. Can I still have an implant? Yes, but your diabetes should be stable and under control. Poorly managed or untreated diabetes can cause metabolic problems with the healing process. In case of doubt the implantologist will consult your diabetes physician.
Could implants affect a pacemaker? No, because implants have no electromagnetic effect and therefore present no danger for the operation of a cardiac pacemaker.
When can I go back to work? Depending on what your implantologist advises you can generally resume a normal life and go back to work the day after the operation.
What is the situation with exercise after implant placement? Movement is basically not a problem after implant placement. However, you should consult your implantologist before engaging in activities requiring heavy physical activity. A few days of relaxation may be recommended to avoid affecting the healing process.
Can I use insurance?
At least partial reimbursement for oral surgery is often available through various dental insurance plans. However, the surgery fee is your responsibility, regardless of how much your insurance covers. Before surgery, read your dental and / or medical insurance policy or check with your insurance representative concerning your coverage. Our office has its own financial policies, so be sure to discuss payment arrangements prior to your surgery appointment and make sure parties fully understand these arrangements. We will be happy to process your insurance for you. This can all be discussed at the consultation appointment.