Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

DENTAL IMPLANTS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Dental implants can be placed anytime after adolescence or when bone growth is complete.

Dental implants are composed of a titanium material and shaped like screws, cylinders or blades. Restorations  either dental crowns, bridges or implant-supported dentures  are secured to the implants after a healing period; or possibly immediately after the implant placement procedure.

The cost of dental implants depends on many factors, such as the type of implant procedure, the location where the dental implant procedure is performed, the type of dental insurance you have, and the type of dental implant your dentist places.
Dentists strongly advise patients to quit smoking before undergoing a dental implant procedure. 
Smokers are at higher risk for dental implant failure.

Dental implants are among the most predictable tooth replacement options. While there is no guarantee that an implant procedure will be successful, studies have shown a five-year success rate of 95 percent for lower jaw implants, and a 90 percent success rate for upper jaw implants.

A combination of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry, if necessary, is used during implant placement, so patients do not feel pain during the procedure. After the initial surgery, discomfort should be minimal. However, prescription pain medications may be prescribed to relieve any post-surgical pain or discomfort.

Dental implants are a safe and clinically proven alternative to bridges and dentures for replacing missing teeth in qualified candidates. People with certain risk factors, such as smokers, and those with inadequate bone density or who are immune-compromised, may not qualify for implant treatment.

Healing from the surgical dental implant placement procedure make take up to six months. Fitting and seating the crown or other restoration may take up to two additional months after that. However, every case is different, and routine follow-up appointments and regular dental check-ups will be necessary to maintain good oral health.
 
Presume that dental implants are natural teeth and treat them that way.  Return for regular check-ups. Brush and floss. Realize also, that caring for the gums is the best way to care for one's teeth.  More teeth are lost as a result of gum disease than any other single cause.
 

Whether or not the dental implant can be placed immediately after extraction depends on the amount of available bone in the area and presence or absence of active infection.  Placing the implant at the same visit helps preserve both width and height of bone and may prevent the need for placing bone grafts when bone naturally shrinks back after teeth are extracted.  During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as 40% of jawbone width can be lost.  Sometimes, infection from a tooth or periodontal disease has destroyed the bone to such an extent that it becomes necessary to do a bone grafting procedure prior to implant placement.  If it is possible to place the implant at the same visit as the teeth are extracted, this can save at least three months in healing time compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants can be placed.

It depends on the number and location of the implants, but simple, uncomplicated dental implant placement usually takes less than an hour.
 

Dental implant 


A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

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Dental Veneers


A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite' material is used instead of porcelain.

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