How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for almost a life with proper care, a good oral hygiene regime and regular dental checkups. From time to time there could be certain dental condition that threaten the success of dental implants. Make sure to visit us as soon as you learn about this, or feel some discomfort so that we can treat the condition and save the dental implants. This is the reason we insist that our patients keep their regular dental appointments.

Are Dental implants safe?

Dental implants are a safe and clinically proven, however, those with inadequate bone density, gum disease or who have a compromised immune-system may not qualify for implant treatment due to various health risks that are involved. It is best to discuss these concerns with your dentists first before dismissing dental implant procedure altogether. If there are causes that prevent you from having dental implants, our dentist will first make sure to treat and heal that dental condition first, before moving on to placing dental implants.

Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Dental Implant procedure, like any other oral surgical procedure, has some associated discomfort. However, many of our dental implant patients comment that they felt minimal and a short duration of discomfort. A combination of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry will be used if necessary. Most patients will be prescribed pain medication by our dentists to relieve any post-surgical pain or discomfort after the implant surgery.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Some of the benefits of dental implants are as follows,

  • Dental implants are more comfortable than full or partial dentures
  • Patients have almost 100% chewing capacity compared to natural teeth
  • Dental Implants are permanent
  • Convenient and saves time for people who are busy
  • A single tooth can be replaced or a complete full mouth rehabilitation can be carried out successfully
  • Patients with dental implants are more confident and outgoing

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth for whatever reason can normally be a candidate for dental implants. The only real requirement is that adequate bone structure is available in the jaw to support any implants, and the gum tissue has to be healthy and clear of any periodontal disease. However, our dentist will decide whether or not, you are a good candidate for dental implants after a complete evaluation of your dental and overall medical health.

How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are placed into the jawbone after our dentist makes a small incision at the site where the tooth is missing or is being extracted due to damage. Thereafter, the placement of screw retained, fixed acrylic and temporary tooth implants are placed. The gum tissue is replaced over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top for healing. After up to six months of healing, the dentist uncovers the implant and attaches an abutment, which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement of the implant. In some cases, the abutment may be placed at the same time the implant is placed.