Dental Implants are appropiate for almost anyone who is missing teeth or at risk of losing teeth because of cavities, gum disease, accidents, etc.
In such patients, normal eating and speaking habits are affected and in many cases individuals are completely unable to wear dentures. This loss of function is the primary reason dental implants are recommended. Along with improving an individual's ability to chew and enjoy food, dental implants can make the patient feel more secure as speech and appearance are often improved as well.
During the first appointment, specialized diagnostic studies are performed to determine the ideal treatment for each person.
After careful evaluation of your health history, Dr. Alvarez will alert you to any conditions that may affect your treatment. Remember, age is not a factor
Research and documented scientific studies have proven the effectiveness and long lasting success (over 30 years) of dental implants. If this treatment is provided by an experienced implantologist, your implants could last a lifetime.
You can rely on your new teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth for years to come. There is no need to cut down healthy teeth and dental implants keep the bones from shrinking after losing your theeth.
Dental implants have a survival rate of aproximately 99%. The training and experience of your Implantologist also contributes to overall survival rates.
No, Implants are made of the most biocompatible material known which have undergone extensive testing over a period of several years. Since these materials are biocompatible metals, such as titanum, there is no likelihood of causing an antigen-antibody response which could cause rejection similar to that which sometimes occurs with heart and kidney transplants.
Dental implants are made of titanium which is the most accepted metal in the human body.
In the unlikely event an implant fails it can usually be replaced by a new implant.
First Surgical Phase (Implant Placement)
Second Surgical Phase (Implant Uncovery)
Prosthetic Phase (Teeth)
A) How long is the treatment ?
From a few months to a couple of years, depending on the simplicity or complexity of your dental-oral situation.
B) Will I have teeth all the time ?
Some patients are required to keep removable bridges out for a few days. Some however, can have their teeth all the time.
C) Is it painfull ?
No, most patients report minor swelling, and no pain at all. It is important to follow the post-operative instructions for proper healing.
D) Will I be off work ?
Most patients only require one or two days of rest. You can continue with your life normally.
E) Is there a follow-up appointment ?
Yes, to ensure you are healing fine without complications.
F) Why did dental implants became so popular ?
As our lifespan increases, the need for some type of permanent dental replacement system becomes very important to our overall health. Dentures and removable bridges have obvious problems: They are loose and unstable. Implants can provide people with dental replacements that are both functional and esthetic.
G) What if I have lost bone ?
With new bone grafting/regeneration techniques, almost anyone can be a good candidate for treatment.
H) What is an artificial bone substitute ?
Bone Grafting.- Sometimes, when resorption has excessively reduced
the jawbone, it can be rebuilt throught modern bone grafting techniques. Bone grafts can
build up or fill in jawbone defects allowing the placement of dental implants. These
techniques represent one of the greatest advances in modern dentistry.
Modern bone grafting techniques can be nothing short of a miracle for those needing bone replacement. Should Dr. Alvarez recommend this treatment you will be given further information on the type, location and amount of graft needed.
I) Are implant supported teeth as strong as my natural teeth ?
Yes. Research shows that in many cases implants are actually stronger then natural teeth. Compared to removable teeth, studies show implant supported teeth have 100 percent or better chewing efficency. Dental implants can make it possible for your to enjoy your favorite foods, improve your nutrition and your appearance!
A) The cost of dental implants
The cost of implant treatment depends upon the number and type of
implants placed and the type of replacement teeth needed. For example, replacement of a
single tooth using implants costs about as much as a dental bridge. The bridges
necessitates "cutting down" adjacent teeth for crowns. Implant treatment does
not. More complex treatment, such as bone grafting, will add to the cost.
The improvement in your self confidence, comfort, eating habits and appeareance will make dental implant treatment one of the best investments you've ever made!
The number of implants used for a given restoration is most important in terms of the success of the restoration, not the overall fee.
It is certainly much more cost effective when the same dentist both places and restores a patient's dentition.
A survey of 350 patients after completion of their implant treatment revealed that not only was it worth the investment, but that they would happily do it again.
B) Is there a guarantee ?
Since there are health conditions and habits out of our control, the treatment can't be guaranteed. However, the implant manufacturer covers the implant from 10 years to lifetime warranty.
Proper care of your implants is important to their continued function and good health. While they are not subject to cavities as our natural teeth are, they can develop gum inflammation, and even infection and bone loss if not properly maintained. Whereas localized inflammation and infection around your teeth is known as periodontal disease, a similar process can occur around implants and is known as peri-implantitis. Your dentist should review proper techniques for keeping your implants clean and the surrounding tissues healthy - but above all else, routine brushing and flossing is necessary. Your dentist or dental hygienist may also show you other tools that can help keep your teeth and implants clean and healthy.
Your "new teeth" will require periodic checking by your dentist to ensure the surrounding gums and bone are maintained and healthy. This also requires periodic x-rays to evaluate the level of bone around your implants. The dental restorations attached to your implants will also require periodic checking by your dentist to verify that they are secure and functioning properly.
It is not uncommon for the screws that attach your restoration to the actual implants or abutments to loosen from time to time. This usually entails simply removing the dental restoration, cleaning it and replacing it with new or re-tightened screws. Similarly, if your dental restoration is cemented to the underlying implant, they may also loosen periodically. If this happens, your dentist will need to remove the restoration, clean it, ensure that it is fitting as designed and re-cement it to the implant. While these are minor complications, however inconvenient, they should not be ignored. Allowing the restoration to remain in place when it is not properly attached to the implant can create more significant problems.
“As an active member of AO (Academy of Osseointegration), this dental practice offers advanced specialized knowledge about the science and clinical applications of implant dentistry. Learn more about dental implants and AO.”
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