1. Am I healthy enough to have dental implants?
A. If a person is healthy enough to undergo the treatment necessary for fixed bridge work or routine tooth extractions, the same person can undergo dental implant procedures.
2. How long will implants last?
A. They should last a lifetime. We know that dental problems mostly stem from improper home care or lack of treatment when needed, the same holds true for implants. With proper care and routine dental check-ups they should last a lifetime.
3. Do implants require special care?
A. Presume that dental implants are natural teeth and treat them that way. Return for regular check-ups. Brush and floss. Realize, that caring for the gums is the best way to care for one’s tooth. Most teeth are lost as a result of gum disease than any other single cause.
4. Is the placement of implants painful? How long does it take?
A. Implant placement usually does not result in much postoperative discomfort, usually patient takes antibiotic and analgesic for about 3-5 days. Anesthesia during the surgery should make the placement procedure pain free. Depending on the complexity and number of implants being placed, the full mouth procedure can take up to 3 hrs.
5. How long does the whole implant process take? Will I be without teeth or unable to eat for a long time?
A. Only 3 days. Extraction of any hopeless standing teeth and implant placement is done in the same visit under local anesthesia and provisional teeth are given on day 1, permanent fixed teeth are given on 3rd day.
6. I have heard that dental implants are expensive. How much do they cost?
A. It all depends on the type of implant used, it ranges from 350$ for a single implant to 3700$ for full arch replacement of teeth on implants.
7. Can a dental implant be placed in the same visit as the teeth are extracted?
A. Placing the implant in the same visit helps preserve both width and height of the bone and may prevent the need for placing bone grafts as bone naturally shrinks back after teeth are extracted. During the first year after teeth have been removed, as much as as 40% of jaw bone width can be lost. If it is possible to place the implant in the same visit as the teeth are extracted, this can save at least three months of healing time compared to waiting for an extraction site to heal before the implants are placed.
8. I need to replace two missing teeth next to each other .can I just have one implant placed and attach it to one of my natural teeth and make a bridge?
A. Generally yes, we frequently attach implants to each other, and to the natural teeth which can improve strength and works well.
9. I have lost my upper back teeth on one side and have gone for years without doing anything about it, my sinus always seems to bother me more than that side than one on the side that I have back teeth, could these problems be related to one another?
A. A phenomena that occurs in a large majority of people who have had their upper back teeth missing for a long time is the increasing downward growth of the maxillary sinus. At birth it is the size of a pea, and progressively grows as the skull matures, this growth is at the expense of the surrounding bone, if you are considering replacing those upper back teeth with fixed teeth that stayin all time by getting implant anterior to sinus with a distal lift and one implant inserted posterior to the sinus with a mesial tilt, in these situations tubero pterygoid implant works well.
10. I have had dentures for several years and have lost a lot of my jaw bone, my lower dentures are floaters and I need help, Is there still hope for me?
A. With the new options available today in the field of dental implants, some form of treatment can definitely be done.
11. I have been a denture wearer for many years now and use dental adhesives to hold my teeth in place and am getting tired of the bad taste & the mess in my mouth. Could dental implants eliminate using adhesives?
A. Certainly yes, Dental implants can eliminate the use of adhesives. A common complaint is to constantly add adhesives to secure dentures, especially after drinking a cup of coffee or eating a meal. This can really be a nuisance while eating out at a restaurant and having to excuse you from the table to go to the restroom because your dentures won’t stay in .Laughing, sneezing and coughing can also cause trouble for people who depend on adhesives to hold their teeth in place.
12. I have a full set of dentures. My uppers are fine but my lowers are constantly a juggling act when I try to eat. Can I have fixed teeth on implants in the lower and a full removable denture in the upper?
A. Absolutely, your situation is a common one. The full lower denture is the unstable prosthesis fabricated in dental practice. During chewing, the average lower bone moves five times more than an upper denture. The person with advanced bone loss has additional problems of poor muscle coordination, speech difficulty, and inability to keep the denture in place, all of which adversely influence a normal lifestyle. Dental implants provide solution to all these problems. Even in cases where a lot of bone loss has occurred, there still is a good chance .
13. I am missing all my teeth and am now wearing a full upper and lower denture .I can no longer tolerate my lowers. Will I need an implant for every tooth?
A. It is not necessary to have an implant for every tooth being replaced. The number of implants necessary to provide support depends on the type of implants used and the quality of the bone.
14. I can’t keep my upper denture in place for very long as I have gag reflex . I also can’t taste or feel the temperature or texture of food very well, so eating is no more a pleasure . Can implants help me?
A. Certainly yes, upper dentures cover the roof of the mouth and go back to soft palate to get support and “seal” so that they stay in place. Unfortunately, this result is covering up the palate.By using implants to anchor or support an upper prosthesis, the roof of the mouth can be left uncovered so one wont gag, and can feel the texture, temperature and taste of food and beverages much better.
15. I had a root canal on a tooth that fractured and now has to be removed. Can it be replaced with an implant?
A. Root canal treated teeth can fracture more easily than other teeth because they are weaker and somewhat dehydrated , they can be sometimes as brittle as glass. In the past best available treatment was to remove the tooth and file down adjacent teeth and make a bridge-caps on adjacent teeth with attached dummy tooth in between. Sometimes this is still the only way, however in many cases an implant can replace the fractured tooth and no teeth have to be ground down at all .