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Frequently Asked Implant Questions

Here are typical questions that people ask regarding dental implants. If you do not see your question here, please free free to call us... we're here for you.

Are dental implants safe?

ANSWER: 90% of today's implants can be expected to last for at least 15 years, and dental health experts are continually making improvements in the materials and surgery techniques involved in the implant procedure. These advancements continue to ensure the safety and viability of implants to an extremely high degree.

How many teeth must be missing before I need an implant?

ANSWER: Whether missing one tooth or multiple teeth, implants can be used to replace as many teeth as you wish to.

Are implants always an option for missing teeth replacement?

ANSWER: Most of the time, yes. Your dentist will perform some tests to specifically determine the likelihood of a successful outcome prior to treatment. He will determine the amount of healthy jawbone that is available as well as whether bone grafting if needed, will be effective. Even in the event that your jaw bone is in poor health, the dental implants are still an option.

Is implant surgery painful?

ANSWER: The process of placing dental implants is considered minor surgery. The patient will be given an ample dose of local anesthetic or may receive IV Sedation to avoid any discomfort during the surgery. Following the procedure, the patient can expect to experience some moderate discomfort due to the sutures in the gum as well as the natural healing process for up to a week. This discomfort is most often controlled through the use of various over-the-counter pain medications and/or a medication prescribed by your dentist.

Are the implants and the teeth installed at the same time?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, the answer is no. The implant base needs three months or so to assimilate into the lower jaw bone itself and up to five months when placed in the upper jaw. In the meantime, If you are just having one or a few teeth installed, the dentist will build functional temporary restorations to be used during the waiting period. If you are having all of your teeth replaced with implants, and you presently use dentures, you will be able to continue wearing them following some post-surgery adjustments.

How long do dental implants take to complete?

ANSWER: The time it takes to complete the implant process will vary depending on how many implants are being placed, the condition of the patients existing teeth and gums, and importantly, upon the availability of healthy bone. Any one of these factors could extend the time required to complete the treatment. Following the initial surgery, the patient will heal for about two months before returning for a post-operative exam. Within three to six months, the patient will return and we will complete the process by installing crowns on the implanted base. Again, the length of the procedure will depend on the condition of the patient, and the amount and scope of the work required. Your dentist can be more specific after he’s examined the patient and provide a more accurate time estimate.

Are dental implants difficult to keep clean?

ANSWER: Although it is not difficult to keep dental implants clean, there are some areas that may require a little bit of practice to clean properly. When the implant procedure has been completed, Our dental staff health will provide complete instructions on how to maintain optimum oral health from that point forward. Once these instructions are put into practice, any new techniques required will become second nature, just like brushing one’s teeth.

Can I still get gum disease after having implants?

ANSWER: Dental implants are placed into healthy gum tissue. If the patient takes proper care of their teeth properly by thoroughly cleaning them on a regular basis and having regular check-ups and cleanings, healthy gums can be maintained indefinitely.

Will I be able to take my teeth out if they are attached to implants?

ANSWER: No. Only dentures that are attached (clipped) to implants can be removed.

Will people see my implants or know I have them?

ANSWER: During the course of moving your mouth and lips normally, your dental implants will not be detectable. They will, however, need to be seen by you at certain angles in order to clean them properly. These are not angles that will allow your implants to be seen during normal movement.

Do I need to have one implant for each missing tooth?

ANSWER: Each implant can support two teeth, so the answer is no. In most cases, no more than six implants would be needed to replace all of the teeth in one jaw, supporting up to 12 teeth. If you are only having one tooth replaced then one implant will need to be installed.

What if I experience a facial injury and one of my implants breaks?

ANSWER: Dental implants are subject to damage just like regular teeth. However, If the area where the dental implant is anchored into the jawbone is damaged, additional surgery may be required to facilitate repair.

What if the implant does not properly grow into my jaw bone?

ANSWER: It is rare that an implant does not bond properly with the bone. In the unlikely event this occurs, the implant will need to be removed, and the area allowed to heal before making another attempt to insert the implant into the bone. At that point, your dentist can place another implant or opt to make a bridge for that space that can be attached to implants that have properly bonded with the bone.


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