patients come from all ages and backgrounds. Some can no longer wear
removable dentures; others don't want to. Whatever your particular circumstances,
dental implants can provide a sense of security and well being that
can't be matched.
Is more than one type of implant?
Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots.
They act as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. There
are many implant systems. Ask your dentist about the system he/she is
using and why.
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Do these procedures cause any pain?
During the surgical procedures required for implant insertion, the anesthesia
given during surgery blocks any pain or discomfort. Postoperatively,
medication for pain or swelling and to prevent infections is usually
prescribed to ease any discomfort.
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Will insurance pay for implants?
Implants are not covered by dental insurance, however some dental procedures,
implant surgeries, and portions of implant restorations may be covered
by dental and medical insurance policies.
people know that I have implants?
Not unless you tell them. However, most patients tell everyone they
know that they have implants.
Are there patients who should not have implants?
In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dental extractions
or oral surgery can be considered for an implant procedure. Patients
suffering from uncontrolled chronic diseases or systemic problems or
behaviors and heavy smokers may not be candidates for implants.
Will my implant teeth work as well as natural teeth?
While nothing works as well as a full set of natural healthy teeth,
implants provide the next best thing. Generally, patients are not aware
they even have implants after the short healing period. The implant
replacement teeth looks, feels, and function in a manner that allows
people to forget they have implants.
Will implants last a lifetime?
Few things last forever. Every case depends on the individual patient.
Generally, the current overall dental health of the patient and the
condition of the bone structure remaining in the jaws are important
factors in determining long-term success rates. Of course, everyone
needs regular visits to their dentists, and this is particularly important
for dental implant patients.
How dental implants work?
Beginning in the 1950s researchers observed that the metal titanium formed a very strong bond to surrounding bone a process termed osseointegration.
After years of careful research and study dental implants titanium cylinders placed into the jawbone to support the replacement teeth were refined with high success rates there are now patients who have had implant supported teeth for more than twenty-five years.
How are dental implants placed?
There are 3 phases of dental implants:
1. Treatment planning, where all recorded need as well as x-ray, what option we have, how many implants as well as expectation of the procedure and result that generally done in consultation appointment.
2. The actual implant placement, a process generally performed at the clinic with local anesthesia.
3. Creating and attaching the new tooth/teeth to anchored implant(s) after the implant are then left undisturbed in the jaw bone for 2-6 months while bonding to bone take place.
During this time temporary bridges or dentures may be used to minimize any cosmetic or chewing inconvenience.