TeethXpress Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are root-sized titanium cylinders that bond with the jawbone to provide permanent support and attachment for replacing individual teeth, a group of teeth or a full arch of teeth. A dental implant may replace a single tooth; however since the implant bond is so strong, many teeth can be attached to just a few implants.
Why consider dental implants?
Losing teeth has many effects on a person. Health, nutrition, esthetics, confidence and well-being are all important aspects that are lost when teeth are missing. Before implants, replacement options consisted of using the neighboring teeth or sitting plastic teeth in a denture on the gum. Both are destructive to the remaining teeth and or bone/gum. These traditional treatments are limited and deteriorate in time. With the recent advances in implant dentistry, we are able to rebuild the mouth and replace the chewing function and all those factors lost with loosing natural teeth, a truly life changing experience.
What happens if I lose my teeth and go into a conventional denture or “plate”?
Losing your teeth will affect your smile and change the shape of your face, causing you to look prematurely aged. If traditional dentures are made, the jawbone begins to shrink from constant pressure where the denture is pressing on the gums. The bone diminishes until there is no support and the dentures will not stay in. Also, eating is completely different for patients; they can no longer experience the pleasures of how food feels on their palate. In addition, chewing is less efficient and patients are not able to eat healthy whole foods leading to other medical concerns in time.
Why is the TeethXpress unique?
The TeethXpress protocol utilizes the strength of multiple implants in the bone to replace a full set of missing teeth. These replacement teeth are removable by your dentist but screw in permanently to the implants in your mouth. Patients are instructed how to maintain the gum health and clean under the teeth. The replacement teeth are typically attached to the implants the same day the teeth are extracted and dental implants are placed if the conditions are ideal. TeethXpress can only be provided by trained clinicians licensed in the procedure and Dr. Oshetski is the only licensed Maine provider.
Who is a candidate for TeethXpress?
Anyone who has lost some or all of their teeth in an arch are candidates. More importantly, those about to lose their teeth in an arch and are facing complete dentures are candidates who benefit greatly. After an initial exam and consultation, Dr. Oshetski and his staff can determine if you are a candidate.
Is TeethXpress treatment painful?
No, the procedure is very comfortable as it is typically done under IV sedation and you will have little memory of the procedure.
When will I receive my new teeth?
TeethXpress is designed as an immediate solution so that it is possible for you walk out the same day with secure natural looking teeth on your implants. Situations may occur that require your dentist to delay securing your new teeth to the implants, but you will always leave with teeth.
How do I care for my new teeth?
Initially you will only use a medicated mouth rinse prescribed by your TeethXpress dentist. Once your mouth is healed, you will use a waterpick to clean around the implants and under the secured teeth. You will also schedule regular follow up visits with your TeethXpress dentist for cleanings.
How much does the TeethXpress procedure cost?
TeethXpress is a sophisticated dental treatment. Replacing the full arch of teeth is similar to other aspects of medicine were we replace a joint or body part that you would find typically in a hospital setting. However, TeethXpress is surprisingly an affordable treatment, customizable and most people are able to afford this life changing treatment.
Is TeethXpress covered by insurance?
Insurance policies vary but most cover a portion of the restorative procedure. Financing options are often available with competitive interest rates, and payments can be tailored to your budget.
Why should I consider Dr. Oshetski as my TeethXpress provider?
Dr. Oshetski is an expert in implant dentistry and in an elite group of dental implantologist knowledgeable and skilled enough to provide both the surgical and restorative aspect of the procedure. Typically multiple dental offices are involved causing excessive visits and potential communication issues. Dr. Oshetski’s office is streamline to deliver this advanced life-changing treatment predictably and confidently and you will not find a more committed and caring staff.