Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants, full-mouth reconstruction and the services Dr. Malin provides:
Do I need to be referred by another dentist to come to your office?
Not at all. Although we do receive many referrals from other dentists for our services, it is not a requirement. You can make an appointment with us directly and should feel free to schedule an initial exam and consultation.
What sets Dr. Malin apart as an implant dentist?
After he first started placing dental implants in 1993, Dr. Malin spent many additional years in study, research and practical application to become a world-renowned expert in dental implantology and full-mouth reconstruction. In addition to treating his own patients in private practice, he has pioneered a number of advancements in dental implant treatment that led to four U.S. patents.
Dr. Malin has become a highly respected instructor in dental implant procedures, and has been recognized as a leading provider of continuing education in Dentistry Today magazine. He is currently the director of the dental implant and bone grafting training program at the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is also the director of an advanced “hands-on” implant surgery training institute in the Dominican Republic. He has published numerous articles in professional publications and has frequently been featured on their covers.
What happens in my first full exam?
Dr. Malin will conduct a very thorough new patient exam and consultation. This will include a full discussion of your goals and concerns, any needed X-rays and a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums, jaw function and the condition of any dental restorations you may already have. Dr. Malin will go over your results with you in detail, present your treatment options and answer all of your questions.
What is the cost of my first exam?
We have a Free New Patient Exam and Consultation offer which you can take advantage of.
Who are candidates for dental implants?
Due to recent advancements in technology, most patients are candidates for dental implants. This is true even if they have significant bone loss around their teeth. People who are heavy smokers or who have health issues, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, can usually receive implants. Dr. Malin can examine you and determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Will I need bone grafting?
It depends on how much supporting bone you have available to support an implant. Dr. Malin uses a state-of-the-art 3D CT scanner to determine if any bone grafting will be needed. If you do need bone grafting, we use advanced technology to make it efficient and minimally invasive.
How soon after bone grafting can I receive the implant?
In many instances Dr. Malin can place a bone graft at the same time as the dental implant. The additional bone will then generate around the implant while the implant heals, with the implant and the new bone fusing together during the healing process.
If a separate bone graft has to be performed and allowed to heal before Dr. Malin places an implant, the healing process normally takes between four and six months.
How soon after extractions would it be best to receive an implant?
The best time to place an implant is immediately following an extraction. Providing the bone in your jaw is adequate, implant placement can usually be performed during the same surgery as the extraction. If bone grafting is necessary, it is normally done at the same time as an extraction.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t receive implants for a missing tooth that was lost in the past. It is simply best to place the implant as close to the time of extraction as possible, as this generally reduces the amount of bone grafting needed and makes for faster treatment.
Why should I get an implant instead of a traditional dental bridge?
A dental bridge requires that the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth be ground down so the bridge can be cemented onto them. This weakens the adjacent teeth and could lead to fracture, decay and other complications at a later date. Dental bridges also have an average lifespan of only about 10 years.
Dental implants require no grinding down of adjacent teeth, are as strong as natural teeth, and with proper care can last a lifetime. Dr. Malin can tell you if you are a candidate for dental implants and can explain their many advantages in a new patient exam and consultation.
How will I know whether a denture, a partial denture or implants are the best option if I have broken-down teeth?
This can only be determined from the results of a complete examination and review of your medical and dental history. After the exam and analysis are complete, Dr. Malin will give you your treatment options, explain the pros and cons of each one and answer any questions you may have.
What is the New Teeth in One Day procedure and how does it work?
The New Teeth in One Day procedure enables most patients to receive any necessary extractions, implants and a full-arch set of implant-supported replacement teeth in one day, entirely eliminating any need for bone grafting. The new teeth are stably fixed in the mouth, do not move around and provide nearly full chewing power. For patients who are missing all of their teeth, this is the option that will feel and function most like having natural teeth.
During the procedure, as few as four implants are placed in strategic positions in your dental arch where bone is of sufficient volume and density in almost every patient, even those who have experienced severe bone loss. Because the implants are placed to take optimal advantage of available bone, there is no need for bone grafting in most cases.
Would the New Teeth in One Day procedure be good for me if I am already wearing dentures?
Yes, definitely. The New Teeth in One Day procedure is just as beneficial and effective for people who have already lost all their teeth and are wearing dentures as it is for people who need to have teeth extracted first. Simply come to our office and see Dr. Malin for an examination to find out of you are a candidate for the procedure.
What is full-mouth reconstruction?
Full-mouth reconstruction is the action of rebuilding the teeth in your upper and lower jaw so you have all your teeth again, and they are fully functional and aesthetic. Dr. Malin can rebuild your entire smile with dental-implant-supported new teeth, or he can use crowns, bridges or a variety of other procedures to restore your mouth to full health, function and beauty.
How much do implants cost?
There is no way to give a flat fee for placing implants without a comprehensive exam, as each case has different procedural requirements. However, we have found that the costs of our implant services are lower than the average costs in our area. Even though Dr. Malin provides top-grade dental implant services using only premium materials, he has deliberately kept our rates very reasonable to allow as many people as possible to avail themselves of high-quality implant treatment.
Do you have any payment or financing options?
Yes. We have numerous payment options to make paying for your treatment as easy as possible. We also participate with CareCredit®, a healthcare financing company which offers several no-interest and fixed-interest financing options for qualified applicants.
Will you take my insurance?
We are a preferred provider with Delta Dental® of Wisconsin, but we will work with any dental insurance plan. You should bring your medical insurance information when you come to see us because your medical insurance may provide coverage for some of our procedures.
We will happily check your benefits when you come to see us and will let you know how you can use your insurance for your treatment. We will also file your insurance claims on your behalf to help you get the best possible reimbursement on covered procedures.
To make an appointment, call 608‑498‑4001 or click here to request an appointment online.