Here at The Wagner Centre Implants & Periodontics in Chambersburg, PA, we’re happy to answer any questions that patients may have about their dental implant or periodontal procedures. But lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of similar questions from patients, and would instead like to answer those common questions here for your convenience. If you do have a question that’s not listed here, contact our office and one of our team members or Dr. Wagner herself will be happy to take your inquiry.
No; before the implant procedure is performed, Dr. Wagner will administer local anesthesia, in addition to any sedation that the patient chooses to undergo. After the implant procedure is completed, it’s normal to experience some pain or soreness in the surgical area, but over-the-counter pain medicine can often remedy that. If other medications or antibiotics are needed, they will be prescribed by Dr. Wagner. It’s also important that you follow any postoperative instructions left by Dr. Wagner, to ensure that you heal from the procedure and that your implant is stable and healthy.
No; if a patient has depleted jawbone, which is not enough to support an implant, a bone graft is needed to provide more material to stabilize it. This often takes shape as a socket graft, ridge augmentation, or other specialized bone graft. These treatments introduce new bone material, or shape it to accommodate the new implant, so that the implant can be placed confidently and with the assurance that it’ll be stable. If you wait to do the bone graft after your implant has been placed, there is a higher risk of the bone material not undergoing osseointegration properly.
Patients don’t often have the perfect oral health to place a dental implant without any issues. Some have oral diseases that caused their tooth loss in the first place; others have weakened gum tissue or jawbone due to their age or overall health. These supplemental treatments, such as periodontal treatments and bone grafts, improve the patient’s oral health so that they can lay a more solid foundation for the dental implants to be placed in.
Periodontal disease is an infection in the gums that can threaten the condition of your gums and the underlying structure of your teeth. If the symptoms persist, they can cause painful infections in the gums, cavities in your teeth, and damage the bone underneath. This makes dental implant placement difficult without prior treatments, as infected bone and tissue make for the worst kind of foundation. Treatments such as socket grafting, scaling, root planing, and more can clear the areas of the infected tissues, leaving a cleaner, healthier area to place your implants. Always consult with Dr. Rebecca Wagner first about which treatments are best for your smile, and what you can do to improve your oral health.
It depends on the age and condition of your child’s teeth. Young children and teens do not make good candidates for implants, as their bodies are still developing and growing. It’s vital that your child has all of their permanent teeth as well. If your child has lost a permanent tooth by accident, consult with Dr. Wagner or a pediatric dentist for further options.
However, if your child was born with congenitally missing teeth, that’s where Dr. Wagner can help. As a renowned provider in the field, Dr. Wagner has helped countless patients with congenitally missing teeth, and will be happy to evaluate yours or your child’s condition to find viable implant replacements.
Yes, you can. The most important step, however, is to have your oral health evaluated for candidacy. During a consultation with Dr. Wagner, she’ll take images of your teeth and jaw, and help determine what treatment works best for your situation. Just like our unique patients themselves, dental implant treatments will vary from patient to patient. Some may need individual implants, while others may benefit more from a full arch restoration.
Have we answered your pressing questions above? Do you still have questions about dental implants? We encourage new and current patients to explore this infosite and learn more about dental implants and periodontal treatments. When you’re ready, let us schedule you for a consultation with Dr. Wagner.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Monday: 9AM – 3PM
Tuesday: 7AM – 2PM
Wednesday: 10AM – 6PM
Thursday: 10AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM