Q: What is an implant?
A: A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Q: Who is a candidate for dental implants?
A: Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and medical health history.
Q: Is there pain or discomfort involved?
A: Most of our guests report that there is very little discomfort and that they were much more comfortable following the procedure then they anticipated. Modern implants are placed in a very gentle fashion and care is taken to the various tissues involved. We will often introduce you to another guest who has had the procedure so you can have first hand advice!
Q: How will I benefit from dental implants?
A: Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth. They look, feel and function like your real teeth. You will have the ability to chew and enjoy your food, avoiding the embarrassment of loose dentures.
Q: How long will the treatment take?
A: Treatment time will vary depending on your unique situation. Nowadays it is often possible to get well functioning and esthetic looking teeth within a few days. In some cases it may be necessary to wait a longer time period before finishing the restoration in order to obtain an optimal result.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants will depend on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of implants required to support your replacement teeth. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need an implant for each missing root. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have the dentist examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you and what your investment would be for the procedure.
Q: Is it important to take care of the implants after the treatment is completed?
A: Yes! Maintaining care of the implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. You will be responsible for daily plaque removal, which can be accomplished through brushing and flossing around your restoration. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to properly care for your implants. You must visit your dentist at least once a year for maintenance appointments.
Q: Are implants a new invention?
A: Implants are not new to the dental field. Prof. Brånemark started his research in the early 50’s and has revolutionised implants as we know them today. There are over fifty years of clinical studies supporting the success and longevity of dental implants.