Frequently Asked Questions
Westlake Village, CA

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about oral surgery and dental implant procedures. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, we would love to hear from you.

Q: Should I brush my teeth after an implant surgery or tooth extraction?

A: We recommend that patients brush adjoining areas but not directly on the surgical site for the first few days of recovery. After one to two weeks an extra-soft toothbrush will be provided for use on the surgical area. We do not recommend use of Sonicare or other electric toothbrushes on the site of surgery until after the healing period is over.

Q: What is the implant healing time?

A: On average the healing time of modern implants is 8 weeks; however, some of the systems that our office utilizes are approved for full restoration in 4 weeks and most systems can accommodate immediate temporary crown placement if bone quality and quantity is adequate.

Q: What material is an implant made out of?

A: Most dental implants are fabricated from titanium. We do stock implants that are made from a titanium-zirconium hybrid and pure zirconia as well. Pure zirconia implants are made from the ceramic form of zirconium and do not contain any metal.

Q: Is the implant crown fee included in the oral surgery fee?

A: No, the oral surgery fees will reflect the placement of the implant only and any restoration procedures are separate fees that are quoted by the restorative doctor.

Q: What brand of implant is used?

A: Our office stocks implants made by 3i, Straumann, Southern, Neoss, Astratech, Cerraroot, Nobel Biocare and Biohorizons. The brand of implant used is determined by the preference of the patient and referring doctor as well as the specific conditions of the case which may be more suited for a certain brand or style of implant.

Q: What options for provisional restorations are available?

A: The possibility for temporary and provisional restorations is greatly dependent on location of the implant placement. Cosmetic factors are the primary concern when deciding to create a provisional restoration. Front teeth are normally advocated for temporary restorations while less visible teeth are not usually considered necessary to temporize.

There are several types of restorations available:
•  Flipper—a retainer like appliance that is removable and can replace one or more teeth for cosmetic purposes only.
•  Essix Splint—similar to an Invisalign or bleaching tray that has the location of the missing tooth (or teeth) filled in with composite to give the illusion of a normal crown.
•  Immediate provisional—placement of a temporary crown immediately on a newly placed implant using a temporary abutment. This restoration requires a very stable implant with good bone quality so not all implants are candidates for this type of restoration.

These restorations are normally fabricated by the restorative dentist and delivered to our office prior to surgery so there is limited downtime where the patient has to live without a tooth.

Q: What level of discomfort should I expect following implant surgery?

A: Implant surgery is not heavily invasive and results in little swelling or bleeding in most cases. The majority of our patients take only over the counter pain relief medication following simple implant procedures. More complicated or more extensive surgeries may require one to two days of post-operative prescription analgesic medicine that is chosen based on health history and past medicine usage.
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1987 Royal Avenue Suite 3,
Simi Valley, CA 93065-4655

(805) 328-2180