Frequently Asked Questions About Implants

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Dental implants are used for supporting multiple or one false tooth. They are titanium screws that may replace a tooth’s root when it has failed. It gets placed in the jawbone, similar to a tooth root.

How long do implants last and are they safe?
Implants are a well-established and safe treatment. It is safe to say that implants, similar to natural teeth, can last as long as you properly take care of them.

The most significant impact on how long implants will last will depend on whether you go in to have your regular maintenance appointments and how well you care for your dental implants.

If you don’t properly care for your implants a coating will develop on them which is similar to what neglected natural teeth receive. When left untreated that can result in general discomfort, soreness, bleeding and gum infection. All of these are problems that you can get with your natural teeth.

If you take good care of your implants, and if they are fitted into healthy and strong bone, you can expect that they will last for a number of years. However, like any type of surgical implant (for example, a hip replacement), there’s no such thing as a lifetime guarantee.

Can I still get implants even if I still have some of my own natural teeth?
Yes. Any amount of teeth may be replaced with implants – from a complete set down to a single tooth.
Can you always use implants for replacing missing teeth?
It will depend on what the state the bone is in within your jaw. A series of special tests will be set up by your dentist to determine the amount of remaining bone. If it is not healthy enough or there isn’t a sufficient amount, placing implants might not be possible without first grating bone in the area.
Are implants painful?
It is often easier to place an implant than it is to remove a tooth and normally this is done through the use of a basic local anesthetic. At the time you won’t feel any pain, however like following an extraction, you might feel discomfort the week following your surgery.

If you are really nervous or have a complicated case, then at times your dentist may provide you with a sedative. It is rare for general anesthetics to be used for dental implants, and only in very complicated cases when they are used.

What type of aftercare is involved?
You will be given instructions by your dental team on how your implant needs to be looked after. They might provide you with painkillers following surgery – or make sure to have some ahead of time at home – so that you can take them over the first couple of days after surgery if necessary.
What occurs next?
Once your implants are placed, your jawbone needs to grow onto and fuse with them. Usually that takes a couple of months. At times the implants might be stable enough when placed to fit false teeth sooner than that.

If you are getting one to three teeth replaced, then in the meantime you might get a temporary denture. If you have full dentures already, you can continue to wear those as your implants are continuing to heal. You will need to alter your dentures, in order for them to properly fit following surgery, and usually a ‘healing cap’ is placed on the implant site in order to keep it protected.

Is it hard to clean implant teeth?
No. However, aftercare is critical in order for your implant to be successful and long-lasting. You should be provided with detailed advice regarding how to care for your implants by your dental team. It isn’t any harder to clean around teeth that are attached to implants than it is to clean natural teeth. But there might be areas that are hard to reach and your dental team will how you how to properly clean them. You may need to visit the hygienist more frequently but your dental team can discuss this with you.
If I got gum disease with my own teeth, can I get them now with implants?
Yes, it is possible, if your implants are not cared for properly. If they are kept clean and checked by your dentist on a regular basis then you shouldn’t encounter any problems. The health of dental implants is also affected by smoking. So, if you are a smoker, you might need to more carefully are for your implants. Some dentist won’t place dental implants on smokers.
If the teeth are fixed to dental implants can I take them out?
A majority of teeth that are attached to dental implants may only be fitted or removed by a dentist. However, you might be able to take removable dentures that are attached to dental implants out to clean them.
Do dental implants show?
A majority of implants have the same exact appearance as natural teeth.
Is there a dental implant needed for each missing tooth?
If all you have is one tooth that is missing, an implant will be needed to support it. On the other hand, if you have several teeth that are missing, and they are situated next to one another, you may still have a single implant for each of the teeth. Or, if you have two implants or more, they might be able to each support more than just one tooth. Your dentist will discuss with option is the best for your situation.
What if I get into an accident?
Dental implants, along with the teeth that are supported by them, may be damaged in an accident just like natural teeth can be. That is why it is critical to wear a professionally manufactured mouth guard when playing sports that involve moving objects or contact.

You might find our information on mouth guards helpful. If only your teeth are damaged, usually they can just be removed from your dental implant and then replaced.

However, if your actual titanium implant gets damaged beyond repair, then it can be left safely inside of the jaw if it’s too hard to remove. In that case, another dental implant can be fitted alongside the damaged one to replace it.

What occurs if the dental implants doesn't fuse properly with the bone?
That only occurs very rarely. If an implant becomes loose over the healing process, or right after, it can be removed easily and your jaw can heal normally. After your jaw is healed, then another implant can be fitted. Or your dentist might have a bridge made, and fit it into the successful implanted false teeth.
Pros to Implants

In many situations, treatment cost is only a bit more expensive compared to cost of traditional private dental treatment involving bridges and crowns. Over the long term, usually implants are a more satisfactory and cost-effective option.

Implants have other advantages as well. If you need an implant for replacing one tooth, it isn’t necessary to cut the teeth down on either side. With a bridge, your dentist has to do that to fit crowns into the teeth to provide the bridge with support.

Regular dentures frequently means that your drinking and eating are effected since dentures can move around. However,this problem isn’t caused by teeth that are attached to a dental implant since they are anchored more firmly to the bone than natural teeth are.

Where can I receive this treatment?
Of course you can receive this service at Imperial Dental Center. Speak with your dentist about you options and he/she will provide you with the advice that you need.

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