FAQ’s About Dental Implants

1. What is a dental implant?
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An implant is a replacement for natural teeth which allows the person with missing tooth/teeth to return to fixed teeth.
2. Who is a right candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is missing one or more teeth is a candidate for dental implants. Even if all teeth are missing, implants can be placed to recreate the teeth. If all or most of your teeth are missing, then implants may be placed to fix a denture.

3. Why do I have to consider dental implants? What will happen without treatment for my missing teeth?
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For many, missing teeth lead to an unattractive smile, embarrassment from loose dentures.

When you lose your teeth, you gradually lose the bone that supported them. As this bone disappears, problems with other teeth nearby happen. This results in loose teeth and causes the loss of those teeth. This progression will affect the ability to chew, speech and in general the overall health. It’s much better to replace a tooth BEFORE all of the side effects kick in. By waiting, you risk the possibility of not being able to provide the same, simple type of treatment that would have been possible earlier.

4. Do dental implant procedures cause much pain?

Relax. In most cases these dental implant procedures produce very little, if any, discomfort. In fact many dental patients do not have to use any painkiller. 5. How do I know if implants can be done in my case?
We need to evaluate your mouth with a clinical exam and an x-ray to determine the possibility for implants. The x-ray exam will show how much bone is present in the locations where you may need implants.

6. What is the life of dental implants? How long can they last?

Long term research studies have shown that implants which have been placed in good bone can last for about 20-25 years.

7. How are dental implants placed?

Dental implants are usually completed in two phases.

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Phase #1 is the actual implant placement, a process generally performed in the office with local anaesthesia or light sedation to help make the patient more comfortable. Using precise, gentle techniques, the implants are placed into the jawbone for 2 to3 months while osseointegration (bonding to bone) takes place.

Phase #2 Fabricating and attaching the new tooth or teeth to the integrated implant(s) in your jaw. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or a full mouth of missing teeth..

8. Why should I wait for 2-3 month period before crowns can be done on implants?

There is the need for the implants to attach to the bone by a process which is called as osseointegration. The length of time for this waiting period varies with the quality of bone that is present where the implants were placed. Worldwide single stage implants have 30 % failure rate whereas 2 stage implants have 98 % success rate.

9. What factors influence the long-term life of Dental Implants?

Long-term success depends on multiple factors. Mainly success depends on the quality and quantity of bone. Secondly, the experience and ability of the implant surgeon as there is no substitute for the experience and individual talent of the dentist. And finally, the quality of the restoration placed on top of the implant will play a big role in long-term success. If the design of the implant crowns or over dentures are poorly constructed, and biting forces are not balanced, even the best-placed dental implant will have a reduced survival rate.

Long life of Dental Implants

10. Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

No. The oldest patient we have treated here is 78 years. Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.

11. Can I still eat all my favourite foods with dental implants?

Yes dental implants are remarkably strong so you can eat and enjoy whatever you like. They restore proper chewing, leading to a better diet and improved health. Everything from apples to deep-fried anything.

12. I am interested to get the procedure done I am anxious –what should I do?

Just a little discomfort is involved; however, anaesthetic and conscious sedation are used to eliminate any discomfort at the time of the procedure.
Here we offer CONSCIOUS SEDATION for anxious patients who are afraid of the procedure to make the procedure entirely comfortable. Many patients who were really scared of the procedure have immensely benefited with our conscious sedation. Meet us for more details.

13. What is the chance of rejection of implants?

Dental implants are made of titanium alloy, that is totally compatible with body tissues and ac integrates with the bone and becomes part of the body. The body does not reject a dental implant, as it might a transplant. But it can fail due to other factors, such as misalignment, improper force on the implant or other conditions or existing diseases of the patient.

14. How do I choose an Implant Dentist?

Many dentists may be qualified to diagnose and place dental implants. But not all have had advanced training in this modern speciality. Dental implant placement is a very sensitive dental surgery procedure which requires careful dental diagnosis, accurate dental treatment planning and precise execution of the surgical and prosthetic phases. Dental implant surgeon who has undergone extensive training and has enough experience in handling difficult dentistry cases is required to make the entire procedure safe, risk free and successful for the dental patient.

15. How do I maintain the implants?

The maintenance varies depending on the type of implant reconstruction that you had. Brushing with a toothbrush, as well as flossing are important. Electric toothbrushes are also helpful for cleaning around implants. Other cleaning aids will be recommended based on the specific needs.

16. What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are an effective, safe and predictable solution to the problems resulting from missing teeth. Many patients report exciting benefits from dental implants, such as:

Replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth
Improved taste and appetite
Improved cosmetic appearance
The ability to chew without pain or gum irritation
Improved quality of life

One additional and very important benefit can be the reduction or elimination of bone shrinkage and maintenance of younger appearance.

At ALL SMILES Dental Clinic Centre for dental implants we have dental implant surgeons who have undergone extensive international training in dental implant placement from UNITED KINGDOM, FRANCE and SWITZERLAND. They have enormous experience (more than 8000 implants) in handling most difficult case requiring sinus surgeries, bone grafting and on lay graft procedures. We have state of the art dental treatment unit required for the procedure and adhere to STRICT PROTOCOL OF ASEPSIS during the dental surgery to make the procedure safe for the patients. We do not compromise on the quality of the dental implants used during the procedure. All the dental patients will have access to the details pertaining to the maker of dental implants and FDI and CE approvals.