Dental implants are small titanium fixtures which are placed in the jaw bone, after bonding, they serve as the root for replacement teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth.
Since titanium is compatible with living tissues, your body accepts it naturally. Dental implants are the best and most permanent way to replace missing teeth.
Dental Implants are appropiate for almost anyone who is missing teeth or at risk of loosing teeth because of cavities, gum disease, accidents, etc.
In such patients, normal eating and speaking habits are affected and in many cases individuals are completely unable to wear dentures. This loss of function is the primary reason dental implants are recommended. Along with improving an individual's ability to chew and enjoy food, dental implants can make the patient feel more secure as speech and appearance are often improved as well.
During the first appointment specialized diagnostic studies are done to determine the ideal treatment for each person.
After careful evaluation of your health history, your dentist will alert you to any conditions that may affect your treatment. Remember, age is not a factor
You can rely on your new teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth for years to come. Additionally there is no need to cut down healthy teeth and dental implants keep the bones from shrinking after loosing your theeth.
Dental implants have a survival rate of aproximately 99%. The training and experience of the dentist also contribute to overall survival rates.
No, Implants are made of biologically compatible materials which have undergone extensive testing over a period of several years. Since these materials are largely metals, such as titanum, and have never been living tissue, there is no likelihood of causing an antigen-antibody response which could cause rejection similar to that which sometimes occurs with heart and kidney transplants.
Dental implants are made of titanium metal which is the most accepted metal in the human body.
In the unlikely event an implant fails it can usually be replaced by a new implant.
A) How long is the treatment ?
From a few months to a couple of years, it depends on the simplicity or complexity of your dental-oral situation.
In some patients it is required to keep removable bridges out for a few days. Some of the patients can have their teeth all the time..
No, most patients report a little swelling, but no pain at all. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions for a fast healing.
D) Will I be off work ?
Most patients only require one or two days of rest. You can continue with your life normally.
E) Is there a follow-up appointment ?
Yes, to ensure you are healing fine without complications.
F) Why dental implants became so popular ?
As our lifespan increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and removable bridges have obvious problems: They are loose and unstable. Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic.
G) What if I have lost bone ?
With new bone grafting/regeneration almost anyone can be a good candidate for treatment.
H) What is an artificial bone substitute ?
Bone Grafting.- Sometimes, when resorption has excessively reduced the jawbone, it can be rebuilt throught modern bone grafting techniques. Bone grafts can build up or fill in jawbone defects allowing the placement of dental implants. These techniques represent one of the greatest advances in modern dentistry.
I) Are implant supported teeth as strong as my natural teeth ?
Yes. Research shows that in many cases implants are actually stronger then natural teeth. Compared to removable teeth, studies show implant supported teeth have 100 percent or better chewing efficency. Dental implants can make it possible for your to enjoy your favorite foods, improve your nutrition and your appearance!
A) The cost of dental implants
The cost of implant treatment depends upon the number and type of implants placed and the type of replacement teeth needed. For example, replacement of a single tooth with implant treatment costs about as much as a dental bridge. The bridges necessitates "cutting down" adjacent teeth for crowns. Implant treatment does not. More complex treatment, such as bone grafting, will add to the cost.
B) Is there a guarantee ?
Since there are health conditions and habits out of our control, the treatment can't be guaranteed. The implant manufacturer covers the implant for 10 years.