Implants

Implants replace missing teeth, including the root. They are implanted in the jaw bones in place of missing teeth.

After a healing period of about 3 months, the titanium implants will be firmly anchored in the bone. This process is called osseointegration.

When the implant is successfully “fused to the bone” an abutment is screwed onto the implant on which a new tooth in the form of a crown is constructed.

1. What are dental implants?

Dental implants are basically sophisticated screws made of a medically pure metal, Titanium. These screws are then placed in the jaw bone and rest under the gum for 3 – 6 months. During this time they actually fuse to the jawbone and become osseo(bone)integrated. After the appropriate healing time, we uncover the implants and use them to replace one or more missing teeth by fabricating some sort of dental prosthesis. They allow you to function more normally than conventional dentures or bridges.

2. What are implants made of?

Implants are made of commercially and medically pure Titanium. This is the same metal that has been successfully used in hip implants for many years. It is inert and is not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon.

3. How complicated is the surgery?

Implant surgery is done in two stages.

The first stage involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone. This is most commonly done with just local anesthesia.

Stage two involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated (fused). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery or with a dental laser and is a relatively minor procedure.

4. Can implants be rejected?

No! They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If failure should occur, and this is only a remote possibility, it is mechanical in nature and not due to rejection by the body. By the way, depending on the source you read, implants are anywhere from 85-95 percent successful depending upon certain factors such as implant location, amount and quality of bone etc. These factors will be evaluated before we place your implants. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask your dentist.

5. If I lose several teeth, do they each have to be replaced with a separate implant?

No. Although implants simulate the roots of teeth, biomechanically one implant can be used to replace one or more teeth. This will depend upon the mechanical requirements of your chosen prosthesis. At your consultation your dentist will discuss the various treatment alternatives and the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfill our treatment objectives.

6. What about infection and complications?

During the surgery every attempt is made to maintain a totally sterile field. This tends to minimize any potential for postoperative infection. Once again, your dentist will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Once the implants have been engaged in your prosthesis, it is imperative for you to maintain scrupulous oral hygiene. Success very often depends on your cooperation and homecare efforts.

7. What types of restorations can be placed on implants?

The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. This can vary from simple removable prostheses, using the implants for retention , to totally implant supported porcelain fused to metal crowns and bridges. Implant bridges can be either removable or fixed (not removable) depending upon the number of implants. We are now finally able to replace single or multiple missing teeth returning the dentition to a biologically healthy and esthetically pleasing state.

8. Will I be able to chew and function normally?

Yes. Once your implants have integrated, you will be able to function normally without any unusual sensations. Your chewing ability will really depend upon the type of prosthesis you have chosen.

9. How long is the entire implant process?

Dental implants take approximately 3-4 months in the lower jaw and 6 months in the upper to integrate. Once integrated, it takes several visits to several months to complete the restoration depending upon the complexity.

10. What is the cost?

The cost of implant dentistry is based upon a combination of the surgical phase and the prosthetic phase. Your total treatment fee will depend upon the number of implants and the complexity of your final restoration.

11. Will everyone know I have Dental Implants?

Since the prosthesis covers the implant posts, no one will know, unless you tell them, however, dental implant patients usually want the “world to know” how their implants have changed their lives.

12. What is the difference between implants and transplants?

Transplants are organic because they are transplanted from one body to another. Implants are inorganic material and the body is not aware of their presence and usually does not reject them.

13. Will implants hurt after the healing is over?

You will not be aware of them at anytime. Implants are totally comfortable.

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