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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
What are Implants?They are titanium cylinders about the size of teeth roots that are placed into the jaws. After they fuse to the bone they can be used for dental crowns, bridges and as anchors for dentures.
Is there any discomfort associated with getting implants?Modern techniques allow the implants to be placed painlessly. Afterwards the discomfort is similar to a tooth extraction which can be controlled with medications. Additional anesthesia can be provided upon request.
What is the success rate for implants?The success of the implant initially taking is very high, the average success rate after 10 years is 90% or better.
Do implants look like real teeth?Yes, with careful planning implant teeth can be made to mimic your existing teeth.
Can I have an implant placed the same day as a tooth extraction?Many cases can be done at the same time provided there is no infection and adequate bone remains after the extraction
Who is a candidate?Generally anyone healthy regardless of age is a good candidate. Certain conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, smoking and chronic diseases can affect the success rate. The new biophosphinates for osteoporosis can be an important factor for implant eligibililty.
What if I don't have enough bone for an implant?Often a procedure called bone grafting can be done 3-6 months ahead of time to build necessary bone for the implant. Sometimes this can be done in conjunction with the implant placement.
Are implants as strong as natural teeth?Research shows that they can be as strong or stronger than natural teeth. Compared with a removable partial or full denture they will greatly increase chewing efficiency and confidence.
How long will it take to get the teeth on the implants?It takes about 3-6 months after the implant placement to have the crown, bridge or prosthesis completed.
Will I have teeth in areas that show when I smile while the implants are healing?Removable temporary teeth called flippers can be inserted at the time of placement. In some cases temporary crowns can be placed directly on the implants at the time of surgery.
How do I care for implants?The same way natural teeth are cared for, brushing, flossing, cleanings and regular checkups.
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