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About dental implants

Dental Implants are an excellent option for many patients. When you lose teeth or even just one tooth, your ability to speak or eat is often negatively affected. Many people are uncomfortable with dentures or bridges, as they do not fully replace the appearance of function or natural teeth.

As a result of these issues, more dentist are recommending and patients are choosing dental implants. Long an accepted treatment treatment in Europe, implantsare becoming more popular in the United States as a permanent solution to missing teeth. Many dentist and patients now consider dental implants to be the treatment of choice for many dental situations.

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How successful are dental implants?

Dental implants are designed to be permanent. Dental implants are among the most successful precedures in medical/dental replacement (such as knees, hips, etc.). Long term clinical success rates are well over 95%.

There are numerous factors related to long term success. If a dental implant fails, it is usually for the same reasons that natural teeth fail: bone and gum break down, lack of proper care and hygiene, not returning for your professional checkup, accidents, or a newly occurring medical condition that affects the tissues of the mouth.

Initial healing is a key factor contributing to long term success of you implant. It is a well-established fact that smoking, before or after implant placement, will deminish success. Excessive presure and/or grinding of your teeth can also cause problems with the implant bonding with the bone.



Is the surgical process painful?

Most implant patients report that the discomfort is far less than they expected and is much like having a regular tooth extraced. And although ebvery patient is different with regard to pain, most patients are made very comfortable with minimal pain medication.


What is the procedure like?

The implant process is usually done in two steps. In the first procedure, which can often be done with local anestestics (just like a filling), the implant is placed in the jaw. The patient will have a few sutures in his/her gum tissue to help the area heal and help the implant stabilize in the jaw.

After three to four months, the second procedure takes place. The time in between allows the bone to grow to hold the implant in place. In this procedure, the dentist places a post into the implant. Shortly after the second procedure, the artificial teeth (or tooth) are made. They are custom designed to your mouth's exact shape and size, ensureing confort and proper function. While the artificaial teeth are being made, you will have a temporary tooth (or dentures).

Does age make a difference?

Age is not the most important factor when considering implants.Overall health and quality of life are of primary concern. In the early 1940s and 1950s implants were originally designed for the aging patient with total tooth loss. Today implants are placed with high success rates in teenagers with sports injuries or congenitally missing teeth. This is also true of patients up to and including patients in their nineties. Age is not ta major factor as to whether or not you may be an implant candidate.




What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth. The actual implant is a small cylinder, or screw, that substitutes for the natural tooth root. Inserted surgically into the jaw bone, it provides a stable base upon which a crown or denture can be anchored. But, unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants feel and act more like your own natural teeth.

What is the advantage of an implant?

People who have lost one or more teeth may be candiates for dental iimplants, eliminating the need for bridges or dentures. Dentures can often fir poorly. Thisis because onece the natural teeth are gone, thejawbone begins to shrink and chage shape. This can result in discomfort, pain, impaired chewing and difficulty speaking. Bridges often require healthy adjacent teeth to be cut down, making them susceptible to decay and resulting in need for additional treatment. Dental implants allow an artificial tooth (or dentures) to be firmly attached to them, creating stability and better function. Most people with dental implants can also provide improved speaking and chewing ability elimination of pain, and in some cases, enhanced appearance.


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