Dental Implant FAQs
We know that you will have lots of questions if you are considering getting teeth implants. Below are a list of the most common questions that we are asked.
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- Why dental implants?
- When are implants appropriate?
- Will they help me maintain my appearance?
- Are they better for my other teeth?
- How long do they last?
- Are they stable?
- Why is placing an implant recommended?
- What material are implants made of?
- What are the age limitations for implants?
- Is implant treatment unpleasant or even painful?
- With implants, how long do I have to wait for my new teeth?
- Will I be able to feel the implants?
- What does tooth replacement cost?
Why dental implants?
Dental implants are widely recognised to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today. Placed by specially trained dentists, implants and modern prosthetics are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. The color, shape and contour of replacement teeth can be adapted to match that of your natural teeth. And with dental implants, healthy teeth do not have to be compromised.
When are implants appropriate?
When one tooth or several teeth are missing, or when the whole jaw is completely without teeth. Various treatment processes and implant solutions are available that take the medical and personal needs of the patient into account. Our dentist will advise you on the optimal solution.
Will they help me maintain my appearance?
Maintaining your natural bone is one of the most important advantages of dental implants. With missing teeth, the bone begins to resorb over time. Significant bone loss can shrink the contours of the jawbone, causing wrinkled lips and a sunken mouth and chin. Dental implants can help counteract that by preventing resorption of the jawbone and stopping bone loss.
Are they better for my other teeth?
With conventional dental bridges, adjacent teeth are used as anchors and must often be ground down. Dental implants eliminate this need and allow natural, healthy teeth to be preserved in their original state.
How long do they last?
The latest implant solutions are very durable. They are more stable, more comfortable, and more functional than conventional dentures. And because dental implants are made of biocompatible materials, they are also more tolerated by the body. With proper care and good oral hygiene, a prosthetic solution will last for many years. A dental implant can actually last a lifetime.
Are they stable?
The stable retention of implant solutions and implant-supported tooth replacements offers strength, reliability and durability similar to that of natural teeth. Crowns, bridges or dentures are securely anchored to integrated dental implants. This eliminates some of the main problems of conventional dentures: poor fit, gum irritation, pressure points, speech and taste impairment. The result is an aesthetically comfortable, reliable and stress-free solution.
Why is placing an implant recommended?
Dental implants ensure that the jawbone remains functional and help prevent further bone loss. This reduces the risk of a chain reaction, which, in the most extreme cases, can result in the loss of all teeth. Dental implant treatment can help restore your natural appearance, self-confidence and ability to eat the things you like.
What material are implants made of?
Dental implants are made of commercially-pure titanium – a material proven to be accepted by living tissue (biocompatible). Adverse reactions to titanium are extremely rare.
What are the age limitations for implants?
Typically, implants are not placed in individuals whose jawbones have not yet fully developed. But, good health is a primary deciding factor. In healthy older adults, the prospects of success are virtually the same as for younger people.
Is implant treatment unpleasant or even painful?
No, implants are generally placed under local anesthesia. Placing the implants involves minimal discomfort for the patient.
With implants, how long do I have to wait for my new teeth?
In ideal cases, some implants can be restored right after the implant is placed, during the same visit. This means that you can leave our practice with a temporary, or even permanent, prosthetic in place. In most cases, you will have to wait until the implant is sufficiently bonded to the bone.
Will I be able to feel the implants?
Once placed, implants cannot be felt. Titanium implants are completely biocompatible and very well-tolerated by the body. The same applies to all-ceramic replacement teeth.
What does tooth replacement cost?
Everyone is different. As a result, the cost of the implant procedure and preparation of the tooth replacement will differ as well. For this reason, it is not possible to give an all-inclusive cost estimate.