What is a dental implant?
The Bicon dental implant serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI) to exacting specifications. A dentist places the implant into either the upper or lower jawbone. After a period of time, the implant integrates with the bone and becomes a secure anchor for a replacement tooth, a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a complete denture.
Am I a candidate for a dental implant?
If you are missing one or more teeth, then you may be a candidate for a dental implant. Your dentist will be able to discuss your individual clinical situation. Dental implants will allow you to smile, speak, and eat with confidence and comfort.
Can a Bicon implant be used as an alternative to root canal treatment?
YES! Not all teeth are good candidates for root canal treatment. Root canal treated teeth are susceptible to decay and fracture, while implants are not susceptible to decay and almost never break. Bicon implants are an excellent and prudent alternative to the root canal, post and core, crown lengthening, and crowning procedures. Often, the cost of saving a tooth with a variety of treatments can exceed that of the placement and restoration of a Bicon implant.
Is the implant ever rejected by the body?
The implant is machined from surgical-grade titanium alloy (Ti 6Al-4V ELI), which is a biocompatible material. However, there is a slight possibility that it will not integrate with bone. If this were to occur, the implant would be replaced with another one. It is highly unlikely that the second implant would not integrate.
What if I smoke?
Smoking can inhibit proper healing of an implant. However, this does not prevent smokers from having implants successfully placed and restored. You should speak with your dentist for more specific information relating to your dental needs and the effects of smoking.
How much pain will I experience?
Usually minimal to none. While undergoing treatment, you will receive local anesthesia. (Some clinicians may choose to use other forms of anesthesia.) You may have mild post-surgical soreness for up to 72 hours. An over-the-counter pain reliever will alleviate the discomfort for most patients.
What will the appearance of my mouth look like during my treatment?
During treatment, your dentist may be able to provide you with a transitional prosthesis that will have the look and feel that you need during this period of healing. With the Bicon implant, it is often possible to have a fixed transitional tooth immediately after the placement of the implant.
How much time is required to have an implant procedure?
A single dental implant placement is usually completed in less than an hour as an office procedure with local anesthesia. The implant is then allowed to heal with the bone for a minimum of eight weeks. If you have poor quality bone and bone-grafting procedures are necessary, the overall process can take up to 12 months or more. Your dentist will determine which surgical procedure is best for you.
How much will it cost and does insurance cover implant treatment?
Costs vary depending upon the clinician you choose for your treatment and upon your individual dental needs. In general, implants are not covered by insurance. Detailed questions about your individual needs and how they relate to insurance should be discussed with your dentist or your insurance provider.
Why choose Bicon?
The simple and elegant design of the Bicon implant has a bacterially-sealed connection with the possibility for 360 degrees of universal abutment positioning. The design provides your dentist with the unique clinical flexibility of utilizing shorter implants with extra-orally cemented crowns or the screwless and cementless Bicon Integrated Abutment Crowns™. With either technique you can almost always be assured of a natural looking gum line and a beautiful smile. Bicon is known for the finest aesthetics.
How do I properly maintain the implant once treatment is completed?
Ironically, dental implants require less maintenance than a natural tooth. Simply brush it as though it were a natural tooth.
How long does an implant last?
The first Bicon implants were placed in 1985. There is no reason why an implant cannot last a lifetime. However, specific situations such as facial or occlusal trauma can negatively impact their longevity.
What is a sinus floor bone augmentation?
When an upper posterior tooth is lost, the floor of the maxillary sinus drops down into the space formerly occupied by the root of the lost tooth. In order to place an implant, it is often necessary to put the sinus floor back up to where it originally was by adding a synthetic bone substitute. This procedure is called a sinus floor bone augmentation or a sinus lift.
What is a ridge split?
After the loss of a tooth, the bone formerly around the tooth is resorbed — often leaving a very narrow ridge of bone. In order to place an implant, the ridge of bone is split as though it were a piece of corrugated cardboard being expanded to provide a wider space between each side. For the upper jaw, this is accomplished at the same time that the implant is placed; the lower jaw requires a second surgical visit approximately three weeks later.
What is a bone graft?
A bone graft is a surgical procedure for adding height or width to a jawbone in order to increase its volume for the placement of an implant.