Frequently asked Questions on Dental Implants (Faqs)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.What is dental Implant ?
It is an advanced medical technology for the treatment of tooth loss. A titanium implant is implanted in the toothless area of the jawbone. The jawbone fuses with the titanium surface providing a strong anchorage for the implant. The implant functions as a support for the dental prosthesis constructed over it.
Q.What are the oral benefits of dental implant?
- It can treat cases untreatable with conventional methods of dental bridges and dentures.
- It prevents further resorption of the jawbone following tooth loss.
- It can perfectly restore chewing function.
- It avoids cutting down and overloading the natural teeth occurring with conventional means of replacing tooth loss.
- It helps restore a patient’s self-esteem and confidence since it gives the feeling of regaining the real teeth.
- It functions better than conventional dental bridges and dentures.
- It gives superior aesthetic results.
|Q.Am I a suitable candidate for dental implant?
You will be a suitable candidate for dental implant if you fulfill the following requirements:
- You must be medically fit to undergo ordinary surgery.
- Your jaw must have enough bone to support the implant.
|(If not, bone grafting may be required)
- There must be enough space to accommodate the prosthesis over the implant.
- You must understand what the treatment can offer.
- You must realize to what extend the treatment can meet your expectations.
|Q.Should I consider dental implant?
- You do not want to have your natural teeth cut down which is required in making your conventional dental bridge.
- You cannot wear or chew well with your denture.
- You cannot tolerate a denture in your mouth.
- ou do not want to damage your remaining teeth from wearing a partial denture.
- You have lost your back teeth making it possible to construct a conventional dental bridge.
- You have a long toothless span, which is not indicated for making a conventional dental bridge.
- You want superior aesthetic results with your tooth replacements.
- You want the most effective way of restoring your chewing function.
Q.What are the procedures involved?
The surgery can commence after thorough diagnosis and treatment planning. A recipient site of the same size and shape as the implant is created in the jawbone with drilling instruments. The implant is inserted into the site prepared. Usually, a healing period of 3 to 6 months is required for the jawbone to fuse with the implant. The jawbone has different densities in different areas – the denser the bone, the shorter the healing period. After this healing period, the prosthesis is constructed over the implant and the treatment is completed. Usually, a straightforward implant treatment takes about 4 to 7 months to complete. Longer periods are required for complex situation such as cases requiring bone grafting.
Q.How is the operation arranged?
The operation will be performed under aseptic condition usually in a clinic with the proper facilities and conditions for dental implant surgery.
Local anesthesia is given for pain control during the operation. Intravenous can be given if necessary. Pain, which may occur after the operation, can be effectively controlled with dental medications. The prosthetic part of the implant treatment does not require anesthesia.
Q.How successful is the treatment ?
Modern dental implant treatment is highly successful, as a general guideline, the five-year success rate of dental implant is over 95% with the lower jaw(mandible) and about 90% with upper jaw(maxilla). The success rates may slowly decrease as the implant stays longer in function. In difficult cases, the success rates are expected to be lower. Despite the overall high success rates with dental implant treatment, there is still the possibility of failure, which can be contributed by various factors and conditions, such as poor healing power, poor bone quality, smoking and diabetes.
Q.How long can an dental implant last ?
The service life of an dental implant can be affected by many factors:
High standards of treatment, meticulous daily cleaning by the patient, regular professional maintenance, abstinence from smoking and avoidance of overloading (like chewing bones, shells, hard nuts and candies), can contribute to the durability of the oral implant. In view of the high success of modern dental implant treatment; an dental implant can be considered a long lasting medical implant that does not need to be changed.
Q.Is the operation safe ?
Whereas no medical treatment can be guaranteed 100 percent without risks and failures, implant operation can be considered very safe. The prosthetic phase of treatment is basically non-invasive and non –invasive and non-surgical in nature.
How long does a typical guided dental implant surgery procedure take?
There is no “typical” case, because every patient situation is different from the next. A majority of these procedures are completed within 3 to 6 hours – that means you will walk out of the office with a new set of great-looking and fully functional temporary teeth, which at a later date will be replaced with permanent, customized teeth by one of our teams of restorative dentists and lab technicians.
Will I have new teeth on the same day my dental implant surgery is completed?
Possibly. Depending on your particular clinical situation, you may receive temporary (yet fully functional) teeth the same day as your surgery. Once successful integration of your implants takes place – which can be as few as 3 to 6 months – your temporary teeth will be removed and new traditional teeth will be permanently secured to the implant abutments. You will need to rely on your dental implant experts to decide when best to attach your denture to the implants.
What are dental implants made of and does the body
Dental implants are made of a titanium metal alloy that has been proven 100% biocompatible. That means that the body readily accepts the implant and will begin to attach itself to the implant as if it were a natural part of the body. The most common cause of implant failure is infection, and the most common cause of infection is inadequate or improper oral hygiene. To maintain your implants at their healthy best, it is imperative that you follow the home oral care routine as instructed by your dental team, as well as go to all of your regular check-ups and professional dental care appointments. The second most common reason for failure is overload. To minimize overload, you must adhere to a soft diet for 4 to 6 weeks and wear a splint or bite guard at night.
Who will place my implants and new teeth?
Dr. McGuire and Dr. Scheyer will be your guided dental implant surgery team and are responsible for placing your implants and conducting any other oral surgical procedures. They, along with the restorative dentist and lab technician, will also place your temporary teeth at the end of surgery. Once your mouth has fully healed (between 4 and 6 months, in most cases) and your implants have integrated and stabilized within your own bone, your custom-made permanent teeth will be placed by one of our teams of restorative dentists.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
Our goal is to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. We offer many types of anesthesia, including local and sedation anesthesia. Each patient case is unique, and the type of anesthesia used will be based on what is best for the patient. We also have a certified registered nurse anesthetist on staff at all times during procedures requiring sedation anesthesia.
What happens if an implant fails or needs to be repaired?
If an implant fails within a year, after the integration process and final restorations have been placed, PerioHealth Professionals™ will replace the implant at no charge. For more information regarding our warranty, please contact PerioHealth Professionals.
How do I keep my implants healthy?
Long-term maintenance is the key to strong, stable and healthy implants that can last a lifetime. You need to maintain a daily home oral care regimen that includes brushing and flossing. You will also need to continue regularly scheduled check-ups and oral hygiene appointments as indicated by your dentist.
Remember these words of wisdom: “Always be true to your teeth, and they will never be false to you.”