WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
Permanent solution for tooth loss
Dental Implants have an overall success rate of about 95% or greater, and consist of a life time treatment.
With the help of dental implants, we can fully remedy toothlessness and thus strongly improve chewing and speaking abilities as well as restore a beautiful smile. Implants can also serve as carriers of a fixed dental bridge or denture.
Dental implants are artificial titanium tooth roots that provide a permanent base for fixed, long lasting replacement of natural teeth that have been lost. What’s great is that anyone who is missing tooth, suffer from chronic dental problems, have failing infected teeth will greatly benefit from the placement of dental implants.
When compared to bridges and or dentures, dental implants are a lot more comfortable, last longer and easy to clean with home care. It’s easy as brushing and flossing your natural teeth. Dental implants function, fit and even feel like a natural tooth, and have now become the new gold standard for replacing missing teeth.
What makes dental implants feel comfortable and completely secure? Our board certified surgeon uses a medical-grade titanium implant fixture that, over time, actually fuses to the living bone cells of the jaw. This fusion forms a strong and durable anchor for your new teeth, meaning there’s no slippage or other movements (which can sometimes happen with dentures).
WHAT ARE ALL-ON-4 DENTAL IMPLANTS?
While some clients may consider tooth loss embarrassing or anxiety-provoking, it is actually quite a normal occurrence, affecting around 35 million adults in the United States. Tooth loss in both the upper and lower mouth is most common in those who are aging, as the teeth and bones in the jaw both tend to deteriorate with the passage of time.
Advances in dental technology have produced an amazing solution to the problem of tooth loss. With the “all-on-4” implant system, just four implants can replace all the teeth in each half of the mouth. These implants can be far more comfortable and easy to manage than dentures, and have become increasingly popular as a go-to solution.
Dental implants are surgically placed into the gums and underlying bone to replace missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted. Implants are alternatives to bridges, partials dentures and full dentures. Dental implant replaces the root of the missing tooth as single body without any compromise to the adjacent dentition. Once the implant is stable and integrated into the bone, an abutment and a crown are fabricated to replace the missing tooth.
Dental implants generally require one surgical procedure with a healing time of approximately three to six months. In selected cases, implants might be placed and restored with temporary restoration at the same day “Teeth in a Day Protocol”.
Dental Implant F.A.Q.
What factors contribute to long term success of dental implant?
The amount and quality of the bone and good oral hygiene are the most important factors for long-term success of a dental implant.
Are there any age limitations for dental implants?
No, age in itself is not a limiting factor for using dental implants.
Do implants require special care?
Dental implants should be cared for in the same way as natural teeth, brushing and flossing twice a day.
How often will I need to have my dental implants checked?
The implants should be checked when you have your regular dental check-ups meaning preferably every six months.
How long does the whole dental implant process take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
It depends on a number of factors, if there is enough bone of good quality the implant can be inserted and a temporary tooth fixed onto the implant within a day – the final ceramic tooth will be fitted within a week. If the process for various reasons takes longer it is possible to make a temporary tooth so you will not have a gap at any time.
Are there same-day implants?
Yes, if there is enough bone of good quality and no infection that is possible to do.
What might be some of the factors that would prevent me from being an implant candidate?
Active infections in the mouth including gum disease has to be treated before implants can be inserted. Diseases affecting the immunesystem reducing immunity is also a limiting factor as are some types of medication affecting the immune system. Finally smoking is a risk factor for long-term success of dental implants.
Is dental implant surgery painful?
A Dental implant surgery is usually done as 'keyhole surgery' using a local anaesthetic and is a painless procedure. There is minimal pain and discomfort after which can be easily controlled with painkillers for a short period of time.
When can I return to work after implant surgery?
There is usually no need to be absent from work following implant surgery. I have diabetes. Can I still have implants?
I have diabetes. Can I still have implants?
Yes, but it is important that the blood sugar is well-controlled and that you maintain a good oral hygiene.
I have gum disease. Can I still have implants?
Yes, but the gum disease has to be stabilized so there is no active gum disease when the implant is inserted.
I've had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of jawbone. My lower dentures are floaters and I need help. Can dental implants help me?
Most probably yes, however, a detailed 3D scan of the jaw bones will enable simulation of the implant surgery so we know before doing the surgery what is possible.