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What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a titanium fixture that is implanted in the jaw. It can replace a single tooth or it can be a support for a bridge or a denture.
Who is a candidate for Dental Implant treatment?
Nearly everyone who is missing one or more teeth and is in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. Quality and quantity of available bone for dental implant placement is more often a factor for dental implants then medical conditions. However, even people who have lost a significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add or create new bone.
Is the implant placement painful?
Most implant patients report that the discomfort is far less then they expected and is, much easier than having a tooth extracted. Although everyone is different with regard to pain tolerance, most patients are comfortable by simply taking Tylenol afterward.
How long do Dental Implants Last?
Documented clinical research demonstrates that dental implants have been successful for over 30 years. Dental implants are designed to be permanent; however many factors, contribute to the long term success of implant treatment, such as home care and regular maintenance visits. Dental implant treatment is one of the most successful procedures in the medical/dental field with documented success rates over 95%. Although successful treatment is very predictable, there are rare occasions where the bone does not completely bond to the implants. When this occurs, new implants are placed, and the success rate for the replacement implants are even higher.
Why select Dental Implants over more traditional types of restorations?
There are several reasons: Why sacrifice the structure of surrounding good teeth to bridge a space? In addition, removing a denture or a “partial” at night may be inconvenient, not to mention that dentures that slip can be uncomfortable and rather embarrassing.
Are you a candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are considering implants, your mouth must be examined thoroughly and your medical and dental history reviewed. If your mouth is not ideal for implants, ways of improving outcome, such as bone grafting, may be recommended.
What types of Anesthesia are used?
The majority of dental implants and bone grafting can be performed in the office under local anaesthesia, with or without general anaesthesia. You can discuss your anaesthesia options with Dr. Bahi at the time of your consultation.
Do Dental Implants require special care?
Once the implants are in place, they will serve you well for many years if you take care of them and keep your mouth healthy. This means taking the time for good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) and keeping regular appointments with your dental specialists.