Dental Implants - Dental Implant FAQ's
Why should you choose our clinic for your dental implants?
- We have been placing and restoring implants for 14 years.
- Highly motivated, knowledgeable and experienced teams, with many years providing both surgical and prosthetic expertise.
- Very modern office — relaxing atmosphere
- Pain and anxiety free procedures using IV Sedation
- The on site dental lab with over 20 years dental implant experience are able to make prosthetic changes while you wait.
Why should I undergo implant surgery, instead of simply wearing a denture or a bridge?
A natural tooth does more than enable a person to cut and grind food and look good. Teeth are also the reason the bones of the jaws exist. When natural teeth are lost, those bones lose their reason for being, and they begin to shrink. In dentistry, this is known as resorption.
For many patients, resorption is minimal, and sufficient bone remains to provide a good foundation for a full or partial denture. For other patients, however, bone loss becomes sever. When this occurs, a number of unpleasant side effects may occur.
- Loose-fitting dentures make it difficult to bite of chew properly. As a result, the range of food a person can comfortably eat becomes limited. In some cases, this limitation is sufficient to impact nutrition.
- Loose-fitting dentures often rub the underlying gums, causing persistent soreness.
- Speech may be impaired.
- Appearance is negatively impacted.
- A gag reflex could be induced.
- Self-image is affected.
Does my age affect my ability to be treated with dental implants?
Age is rarely a consideration in dental implant treatment; however implants typically are placed in patients who are finished growing. In young patients, implants are most often utilized to replace teeth lost due to trauma. In older patients, they are used to address teeth lost to disease.
In the past, bone resorption sometimes made it difficult to treat patients if tooth loss had occurred long before implant treatment was sought. Today, new technologies have made it possible to rebuild the bone so that patients that have been without teeth for decades may still be treatable.
How will dental implants improve my life?
Dental implants provide a more stable and natural feeling than loose dentures. You will be able to eat virtually any food with ease, comfort, and confidence. You will notice an improvement in your appearance, and possibly, in your speech. Many patients find these improvements enhance their self-image and self confidence.
Will treatment hurt? What can I expect during the post-operative period?
Since the jaw bones have few nerve endings, the placement of dental implants causes only minor surgical discomfort—perhaps equivalent to having a tooth pulled. Depending on the extensiveness of the procedure, many patients are able to work within a day of surgery.
Post-operative discomfort is controlled with prescription pain medication. You will be placed on a soft diet and antibiotics for a few days and told to use an antiseptic mouth rinse several times daily. In most cases, you will be able to wear your existing or new temporary bridge or appliance immediately after surgery. Sutures are removed approximately 10 days after the implants are placed. During the remainder of the healing period, you are seen regularly by the implant dentist to confirm the health of your gums and implant sites. The healing period should be uneventful.
And no, you will not set off airport metal detectors.
Once treatment is complete, are the new artificial teeth permanently in place?
That depends on the treatment option you and your dentist have chosen. Implants may be used with a variety of prosthetics, both fixed (non-removable) and removable. Your dentist will discuss the various options during the evaluation phase of your treatment.
In many cases, lower dentures can be stabilized with no waiting period.
Is the treatment only for people who have lost all their natural teeth, or can it be used to replace only one or two teeth?
Implants may be used to replace any number of natural teeth. Among young adults in particular, an implant is often used to replace a single tooth lost to an athletic, bicycling or other accident, or to provide artificial teeth where natural teeth never developed. In older patients, implants are often used to replace an entire mouthful of teeth.
How long after the loss of teeth can I be treated with dental implants?
Until fairly recently, it was sometimes difficult to treat patients who had lost their teeth many years before because so much bone had been resorbed by the time they sought treatment. Today, however, many materials have become available to build up or graft the natural ridge, creating sufficient bone for implant treatment. As a result, timing is no longer as critical as it once was. Implants can be placed into sockets where teeth have been extracted or lost in an accident, and we put implants into jaw bones that lost their natural teeth roots decades earlier.
If a tooth, or teeth, have been missing for years, quite often a considerable amount of bone has been lost from disease. If the teeth happen to be in the front where aesthetics are extremely important, the ridge is built up with a graft first to restore it to its original shape and size. The implants are placed only after the ridge has healed. This procedure is done to give the most natural look possible.
How long do implants last?
Long-term studies of implants have shown that t implants can last as long as 20 – 25 years. Your own personal success will be influenced by factors related to your general health (including smoking, grinding, and oral hygiene). With an evaluation prior to treatment, the probability of success is high.
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