FAQ

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the area where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Small posts that protrude through the gums are then attached to the implant. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth.

They look and feel exactly like your own and the maintenance is easy. You will have normal eating, speaking and a healthy, natural smile. Your body accepts them easily because they are made of a biocompatible material. No need to cut down other teeth to replace one.

With the right care it can last a lifetime. The success rate of dental implants are over 95%

Most people find that they ARE candidates for dental implants. The first step would be to see Dr. Del Vecchio for a consultation where we can use our state of the art technology to determine the quality of bone needed to place a dental implant.

This is a treatment option for patients that have either given up on dentistry or have no other options to have a permanent set of teeth. This treatment involves placing four dental implants to secure a full set of teeth in the matter of a few hours. It is a total dental solution for patients that want a set of teeth while avoiding time consuming treatment plans, elaborate bone grafting procedures or wearing removable dentures. The chair time is minimal and this treatment can give you the function and esthetic options you desire.

Yes. IV sedation is performed in the office for your comfort by Dr. Del Vecchio, who is also a board certified oral surgeon.

The sedation is performed with a tiny pediatric butterfly in the arm. A combination of medications are used to gently drift you away comfortably.

No eating or drinking for 6 hours prior to your procedure. PLEASE take any regular medications at least two hours before your appointment with a sip of water. Have a responsible driver to escort you. Dress comfortable with a short sleeve shirt. Please always provide all medications you take to the front desk when making an appointment, a consultation may be needed.

You may be given an antibiotic and pain medication to take which will be reviewed by the nurse. No brushing or rinsing for the first 24 hours. You will be on a soft food diet for a few days, Do NOT eat foods that are crunchy, spicy, acidic or carbonated, stay with foods that are soft and bland. You can bite on gauze and change as needed until bleeding has stopped. Apply ice to the face on and off for the first 12 hours to reduce swelling. If you have had IV sedation NO driving for 24 hours. NO driving while taking a narcotic pain medication. NO smoking.

It can vary depending on the procedure. It is recommended to have a consultation before your dental procedure to review pre-operative and post-operative care to ensure a positive experience.

The fee can vary depending on the treatment needed. To determine this a consultation is advised to prepare a treatment plan with costs. If you have dental insurance, a pre-estimate can be sent to determine the coverage and your responsibility.

We do work with these major dental insurances: Aetna, Ameritas, Assurant, Anthem/Bluecross/Bluesheild, Cigna, CSEA, Delta Dental, Fitzharris, Guardian, Insurance Programmers, Local 456, MetLife, Preferred Group, SunLife.

Yes. We offer financing over 1 year for simple cases and 5 years for complex cases.

Patients should be evaluated to remove wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 18 and 24. Some patients may need to be evaluated younger as the teeth develop. The sooner to remove them, the better as they can cause future issues. Wisdom teeth can be removed at an older age if necessary.

It is recommended to meet for a consultation to review your dental treatment, costs, medical history and pre-operative instructions.

There are two types of bone we use to graft areas due to defects or in preparation for implants. Allogenic- which is cadaver bone, it comes from a human source and is sterilized. This is the same type of bone that is used for orthopedic surgery. Xenogenic- which is bone that comes from another species, which is bovine (cow bone). The bone graft choice is determined on the procedure that is performed and can be a patients request due to preference.

Yes, one of our treatment coordinators can meet with you in the office and do a cursatory evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for Dr. Del Vecchio’s implant therapies.

We routinely do bone grafting procedures, BUT we also perform “graft free” implant treatments to bypass complex bone grafting that other doctors may want to do. We usually perform a dental  scan in our office to determine and customize your needs.

While many doctors shy away from such patients, Dr. Del Vecchio has extensive experience in dealing with such patients. He has the ability to use “special” dental implants  uniquely suited for this population of patients that are often declined by other doctors.