Why have dental implants become so popular?
The tremendous popularity of implants has largely been the result of people living longer and their desire to fulfill a lifestyle with the greatest possible pleasure. Implants give us the ability to restore something that is fundamental to our own body. Almost everyone wants to smile more frequently and feel more secure when they talk and laugh. Dental implants allow you to do everything you want with total self-assurance.
How long have dental implants been available?
Although the first dental implants are over 2000 years old, they have only been a viable alternative in the last 35 years or so.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are medically pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth replacement.
Titanium is used in other surgical procedures such as knee and hip replacements.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth; those who are dissatisfied with their present denture; those people who would like to eat better and with more comfort, smile more frequently and feel more secure when they talk and laugh. In some instances, some patients may not have sufficient bone available for the placement of implants. In these patients, new bone can be added by ridge augmentation procedures.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Patients with implants have stated that they eat better, are more comfortable when they eat, and don't have to use denture adhesive to retain their dentures.
They also say that they can talk and laugh without feeling self-conscious and without fear of their dentures slipping out.
All these improvements make people with dentures feel better about themselves, increasing their self confidence while improving their social and business lives.
Am I too old for dental implants?
Age is not a deterrent. Anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dentistry is healthy enough to have dental implants placed. Your denturist will assist in determining if denture implants are the perfect solution for you.
What is the success rate of dental implants?
If the treatment is properly planned, the surgery accomplished following accepted rules of practice, the prosthesis fabricated correctly and the prosthesis properly maintained by the patient, success rates are in excess of 98%.
There are factors, however, beyond the control of both the dentist and patient that can affect the life of an implant. Lifestyle changes, accidents, and illnesses can all have a negative affect.
How long will my implants last?
There are few things in life that last a lifetime and dental implants are no different. Should a problem arise, it normally does during the first six months to a year following surgery, during the period of bone healing. After this period, problems appear to be less frequent, with only occasional bite adjustments required.
How do I choose a dentist that does the highest quality implant at the most economical cost?
We have selected the most caring dental health professionals to represent our team. These practitioners believe in providing the highest possible care and quality of implants.
What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
Implants can be used in a variety of circumstances ranging from a removable denture to fixed crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances.
How many implants will I need?
Your dental team trained in placement of dental implants can provide you with a thorough consultation to bring about the best treatment alternatives available to meet your present budget.
Why should I even consider getting dental implants?
Apart from being able to smile, eat, sing and speak better; dental implants prevent the onset of poor facial profile due to loss of bone mass in your jaw bone.
Implants prevent bone loss by transmitting load forces during the chewing process down into the jawbone. The jawbone reacts to this loading by increasing the bone density. Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss and restore facial skeletal structure while significantly improving nutrition.
What kind of foods can I eat with implants?
Implants will allow you to enjoy foods like raw carrots, corn on the cob and apples that you may have avoided for years. Implant supported dentures can triple your biting force allowing you to eat any hard food that your original teeth were once able to do. However, dentures are made from an acrylic product and can break without proper care.
How do implants on dentures compare to normal dentures?
Dentures fixed to dental implants will give you an enhanced improvement in your quality of life that standard dentures can not provide.
McGill University in Toronto conducted a study to determine if people, especially the elderly, can improve their chewing ability and nutrition if they wear dentures anchored by implants. After 6 months, the group with dental implants did not only increase their body fat but blood tests recorded significantly higher levels of albumin, hemoglobin (Iron) and vitamin B12 – all indicators of nutrition.
The study group also reported significant improvements in their ability to chew meat and hard vegetables and did not avoid foods they did in the past.
Will implant procedures cause much discomfort?
The discomfort experienced after the placement of implants is generally equivalent to that experienced from the extraction of a tooth.
Most implants are placed using local anesthetic only. Sedation can be used with the more apprehensive patients and occasionally, if extensive surgery is required, a general anesthetic may be recommended.
The use of dental implants is designed to help you avoid pain and discomfort.
How long is the entire process?
The entire process typically involves 2 or 3 trips to the dentist over a 4 to 5 month period. New procedures now allow your denturist to pre-fabricate dentures for your implants and provide an immediate solution.
How long do I have to wait to resume my daily activities?
In most cases, you can resume normal activities the day following the placement of your implants.
Is there special care needed with my implants?
Along with normal brushing and flossing, a periodic check-up with your dentist is required. They will check the individual implants and clean around the posts if necessary. Dental implants do not suffer from normal teeth problems such as decay and hot/cold sensitivity.
Can I still get implants if I have a fear of dentists?
Yes, it is normal to have some level of anxiety towards dentists. Most dental fears are related to an early experience during your childhood. Today's dental practices are capable of assisting you in dealing with those fears to enable you to have the opportunity to improve our overall physical health and appearance.
What are the costs for dental implants?
Depending upon your individual needs, dental implants are approximately $1,600 each. The denturist and dentist will be able to inform you of the total cost of the implants and dentures at your initial consultation.
Dental implants are usually tax deductible and financing options are available.
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