to commonly asked questions
page is intended to answer some of the questions you may have regarding
I hope that this brief
explanation will answer some of your questions regarding implant dentistry.
Your dentist will be happy to discuss any of these questions with you at
your consultation. Please write down your questions so that we can be sure
to answer them to your satisfaction.
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 comventional dentures or bridges.
long have implants been used in dentistry?
Dental implants have been available for the past 50 or so years. There
are significant differences, however, between the various types of implants
that have been used to replace missing teeth. These differences are important
since they are directly related to the implants success rates. The implants
currently in use today, OSSEOINTEGRATED IMPLANTS, were originally
developed in Sweden by Dr. P.I. Branemark., a Swedish Orthopedist approximately
25-30 years ago. They have been used in the U.S. for the past 12 years.
they originated in Sweden? Is there a difference between the different
implant manufacturers? All
implants in use in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug
Administration. Originally, the only system available was the Noblepharma™
Branemark implant. Today, there are numerous implant companies in use on
a daily basis. All of these companies are FDA approved and must meet very
stringent requirements. Your dental team will choose the system that is
best for you and the one that allows them to accomplish your mutual restorative
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.
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. It is complicated only in the sense that the
requires great precision. Every attempt is made to insure success. The
room is set up similar to an operating room, the equipment thoroughly sterilized
and the most modern techniques utilized. 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. In both instances, minimal postoperative discomfort is noticed.
You will be given the appropriated antibiotics and analgesics just as a
precaution. Very definitive postoperative instruction will be given to
you at the time of surgery. If you follow the guidelines, everything
should proceed without a hitch.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is the difference between implants and transplants?
Transplants are organic because they are transplanted from one body to
another. Implants are inorganic mateial and the body is not aware of their
presence and usually does not reject them.
implants hurt after the healing is over?
You will not be aware of them at anytime. Implants are totally comfortable.
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