AFTER IMPLANT PLACEMENT

WHAT CAN I USE FOR TEETH WHILE THE IMPLANTS HEAL?

Many options are available, and they are tailored to your specific requirements. If you need a replacement tooth while the implants are healing, temporary removable teeth or a temporary bridge can be made. If all of your teeth are missing, we can usually modify your present complete denture or make you a new temporary denture. If you would prefer non-removable teeth during the healing phase, temporary transitional implants usually can be placed along with the permanent implants, and temporary teeth may be made and inserted the same day. Depending on your particular situation, some implants can be placed and “loaded” immediately. This means a temporary or permanent replacement tooth can be placed on, or shortly after, the day the implant is placed.

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WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL PROBLEMS?

Although it is natural to be concerned about the pain that may be caused by these procedures, most patients do not experience severe or significant post-operative pain. Pain medication and antibiotics will be prescribed for you to make your recovery as easy as possible. Occasionally, some people develop post-operative infections that require additional antibiotic treatment. Even though great care is taken to place the implant precisely, occasionally adjacent teeth are injured in the placement process. In addition, there is a chance that the nerve in the lower jaw, which provides sensation to your lower lip and chin, may be affected. If you are missing quite a lot of bone, it might be difficult to place an implant without infringing on the nerve space. Although we take great care to avoid this nerve, occasionally it is irritated during the procedure, resulting in tingling, numbness or a complete lack of sensation in your lip, chin or tongue. Usually, these altered sensations will resolve within time, but they can be permanent and/or painful. If you notify us of postoperative numbness as soon as possible, it will allow us to manage your care in the most appropriate way.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Implants usually last a long time. When patients are missing all of their teeth, long-term studies (more than 30 years) show an 80 to 90 percent success rate. For patients missing one or several teeth, recent studies show a success rate of greater than 95 percent, which compares favorably with other areas in the body that receive implant replacement (such as hips or knees). However, if one of your dental implants either doesn’t heal properly or loosens after a period of time, you may need to have it removed. After the site heals (or on occasion at the time of removal), another implant usually can be placed.

WHEN ARE THE REPLACEMENT TEETH ATTACHED TO THE IMPLANT?

The replacement teeth are usually attached to the implant when adequate healing has occurred and your jaw bone is firmly fused to the implant. Depending on a variety of factors, it may be possible to begin this phase of your treatment immediately or shortly after implant placement. We will review the most appropriate treatment sequence and timing for your particular situation.

The dental work required to complete your treatment is complex. Most of the work involves actually making the new teeth before they are placed. Your appointments are considered more comfortable and more pleasant than previous methods of tooth replacement. Frequently, this process can be performed without local anesthesia.

Your restorative treatment begins with specialized impressions that allow us to produce a replica of your mouth and implants. We will also make “bite” records so that we see the relationship of your upper and lower jaws. With this information, we will make the abutments (support posts) that attach your replacement teeth to your implants. Various types of abutments exist. Frequently, we can use “off the shelf” abutments. Other times, custom abutments must be made of gold or a tooth-colored ceramic material. As you can imagine, these custom-made abutments add to the cost and treatment time involved. Which abutment to use is a decision that often cannot be made until after healing is complete and impressions have been made.

The number of appointments and the amount of time required for each appointment is different for each patient. No two cases are exactly the same and regardless of the number of teeth replaced, the work must be completed with great precision and attention to detail. If you are having only a few teeth replaced, as few as three short appointments may be required. Between appointments, we will need time to complete the necessary lab work to make your replacement teeth. It is most beneficial that you keep all of your scheduled appointments.

If your final restoration is a removable denture, you will need to come to as many as five office appointments (although it may be fewer) over the following several months. During these appointments, we will perform a series of impressions, bites, and adjustments in order to make your new teeth, as well as the custom support bars, snaps, magnets, or clips that will secure your teeth to the implants. During this period, every effort will be made to ensure you have comfortable, temporary replacement teeth.

In general, once your implants are placed, you can expect your tooth replacement treatment to be completed anywhere from 1 to 12 months. For these reasons, it is difficult for us to tell you exactly how much the restorative phase of your treatment will cost, although you should receive a reasonable estimate from our office. It also is difficult to give you a specific timeframe for completion of your treatment until after the implants are ready for restoration.

HOW DO I CLEAN MY NEW TEETH?

As with natural teeth, it is important that you clean implant-supported restorations regularly with toothbrushes, floss and any other recommended aids. You should also visit your dentist several times each year for hygiene and maintenance. As with regular dentures and other tooth replacements, your implants and their associated components are subject to wear and tear and eventually will need repair, including clip replacement, relines, screw tightening, and other adjustments.

WILL ONE DOCTOR DO EVERYTHING?

Usually, a dental surgeon places the implant(s) and performs other necessary surgical procedures – your general dentist provides the
temporary and permanent replacement teeth. Both doctors are involved in planning your dental treatment. Also, depending upon a
variety of factors, different dental specialists may help with your dental care.

HOW MUCH DOES ALL OF THIS COST?

Before treatment begins, every effort will be made to give you an accurate estimate of all the expenses involved in placing the implants and making your replacement teeth. In many cases, there is an initial charge for the diagnostic workup, including study models, x-rays, and the fabrication of a surgical template to ensure the best possible result. In addition, you will be charged for the abutment or support post(s), plus the crown, dentures, or anything else that will be placed over the implants, including temporary restorations. Periodic maintenance such as hygiene visits, tissue conditioners, denture relines and other repairs will also incur additional charges.

When different doctors are involved in your treatment, you will be charged separately for their services. We will try to assist you in estimating what your actual payments will be after we evaluate your insurance coverage or other third-party payments. Also, you should
consider your personal financial investment in each treatment option as some insurance companies provide limited or no coverage.

Each patient is unique, and it is not possible for us to discuss every option and every contingency for treatment outcome. This website section is intended to help you understand the general treatment options available to you. If your specific treatment options are not clear, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have about your dental care.

ABOUT DR. JOHN FERRIN, DMD, MS

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Ferrin brings a wealth of cutting-edge periodontal training with him to Southern Oregon. Born in the mountains of Northern Utah and raised in Mississippi. Dr. Ferrin joined the U.S Army National Guard at the age of 17 and served for 14 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and went on to earn his DMD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. While attending dental school, he started a nationally recognized dental clinic to provide free dental care to Veterans in need. The clinic was named Sgt. Clint Ferrin Dental Clinic after his brother, who neglected his oral health due to several deployments. Sgt. Ferrin was later killed in action in Iraq in 2004. For his work in the clinic, Dr. Ferrin was awarded the ADA Foundation Award for student leadership.

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What People are Saying

“Great Experience”

"Thank you Dr. Ferrin and staff for a first class experience. Everyday I examine the gum graft surgery spot and am so amazed at the difference. My gums are now very youthful and healthy looking!"

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“Highly Recommended”

"I never thought I'd need a gum graft (or that I'd write a review for one!), but thankfully, there is Ferrin Periodontics. Dr. Ferrin is kindhearted, empathetic, and highly skilled..."

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"It has been 10 years"

"I gave Dr. Ferrin and his staff a five rating for the family atmosphere and professionalism I experience every time I go there. I had a crown Lengthening procedure and I couldn’t be more please with the out come..."

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Ron Timen
Ron Timen
06:03 01 Oct 19
Such a friendly environment. The office staff are upbeat and help you dial down any nervousness. The procedure went incredibly well. Pain was virtually non-existent. Dr. Ferrin called that evening to check on me. Highly recommend this practice!read more
Julie Schamanek
Julie Schamanek
19:15 30 Aug 19
I would totally recommend Dr. Federal and his staff. I am an extremely nervous patient and they made me feel extremely comfortable. Thank you!read more
Linda Rodgers
Linda Rodgers
17:20 28 Aug 19
Saw Dr Ferrin for oral surgery and couldn't have been more satisfied with the experience. First off, when you visit the office it's quickly apparent that the staff is happy to be there and that translates to every part of your visit. They are all cooperating to make your care as good as possible, making sure at every moment that all your questions are answered and that you are comfortable. Dr Ferrin is highly professional with a wonderful and reassuring manner. To top it off, the office is absolutely beautiful and the exam rooms are obviously state of the art.read more
cyd hutton
cyd hutton
18:08 31 Jul 19
Dr. Ferrin and his entire staff are professional, respectful, and knowledgeable. We are all fortunate to have such high quality care.read more
Katharine Glasser
Katharine Glasser
01:49 25 Jun 19
For many years I was foolish enough to avoid dentists while working overseas. On returning home I continued to avoid them primarily because I was afraid of what I'd be told. Of course it can't be put off forever and at my first dental appointment I was referred to Dr.Ferrin for periodontal care. I was terrified, but it was so much easier than I was expecting. The staff were all friendly and helped me relax. They were patient, made sure I was comfortable, and never once made me feel guilty or stupid for not attending to my mouth sooner. Dr.Ferrin was very thorough and took the time to explain what he was doing, what he found, and what my options were. There was no rush or pressure for me to make a decision right away. Ultimately a care plan was agreed upon and the work started. There was a lot to be done, but it's now almost complete. I'm feeling good and best of all I have my smile back. Thank you Dr.Ferrin and all your staff for your excellent work and your caring attitude.read more
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
23:19 22 Jun 19
My experience with Dr. Ferrin and his team was great. He has exceptional bedside manner and my gum graft was as painless as it could be. The only downside is he’s a Kentucky Wildcat fan, but I would still see him again and recommend him to all my friends and family.read more
Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
18:34 15 May 19
Dr Ferrin saved my teeth! After years of miss guided attention to my periodontal disease that allowed my condition to progress , Laser treatment year to date is a success. Now it's on going maintenance to keep my gums healthy. Dr Ferrin and his entire staff are personable and caring including Hygenist Heidi and September who are also skilled and very thorough . Honesty and integrity come to mind. Sincerely, Carleton Thompsonread more
Molly Quinn
Molly Quinn
02:52 06 May 19
Dr. Ferrin is a godsend. I switched over to him after an discouraging experience with the last periodontist that I met with. I was really nervous at first, but Dr. Ferrin and his staff were very kind and comforting towards me. They went out of their way to make me feel at ease. I’ve only had one appointment with Dr. Ferrin and I trust him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone if you have to have a dental procedure because he is the perfect example of a medical professional in that area.read more
Paula Ivie
Paula Ivie
22:19 23 Apr 19
Honest, informative, has integrity, professional, and great staff. The work we had done was high quality. We felt lucky to have found Dr. Ferrin. We drive 2.5 hours to have him do the work that needed to be done.read more
Easton Ferrin
Easton Ferrin
16:20 15 Apr 19
best periodontist i ever met. Super nice and good at his job.
Mike Barton
Mike Barton
00:06 20 Mar 19
September handled my quarterly cleaning today in a particularly human way. I have been suffering from a bad case of shingles on the right side of my head and she went out of her way to make my cleaning as painless as possible. Thanks again.read more
Steven Weskirchen
Steven Weskirchen
23:39 30 Oct 18
You can feel comfortable and secure that you are receiving the best treatment possible with Dr. Ferrin and his amazing team. I have needed multiple procedures, and have not always had the best experiences in a dental chair, -therefore I do know the difference. I instantly felt at ease when I walked into Dr. Ferrin's office. He is professional, sensitive, and shows a genuine passion for his work. I have never experienced a "specialist" who truly thinks in the grand concept for the health of his patients, instead of just completing the task he is trained to perform. This passion and professionalism trickles down to all the staff in his office. They are all friendly and upbeat, which further exudes that feeling of confidence and comfort; and are obviously happy to be a part of his team. They are well-trained in explaining a specific and detailed financial plan when necessary, and are always available to answer questions. THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A PERSON, -NOT JUST A PATIENT. Dr. Ferrin does exceptional work, is empathetic, and we are truly blessed to have his service in our area. I felt compelled to share my positive experiences online for those who are apprehensive or just looking for re-assurance to get the best periodontal care possible. Dr. John Ferrin and his staff are awesome!read more
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Ferrin Periodontics

John D. Ferrin, DMD, MS

2930 E Barnett Rd, Medford,
OR 97504, USA

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