Dentures on Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants are medically pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth placement. Implants can secure from one tooth (crown) to several teeth replacing a full upper or lower denture. Dental implants are usually performed under local anesthesia by a dental surgeon specializing in implantology.
- What are dental implants?
- Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
- Why have dental implants become so popular?
- What are the benefits of dental implants?
- What is the success rate of dental implants?
- How long will my implants last?
- What should you do if your dentures crack or break?
- How do I choose a dentist that does the highest quality implant at the most economic cost?
- What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
- How many implants will I need?
- Why should I even consider getting dental implants?
- What kind of foods can I eat with implants?
- How do implants on dentures compare to normal dentures?
- Will implant procedures cause much discomfort?
- How long is the entire process?
- What is dentures in a day?
- How long do I have to wait to resume my daily activities?
- Is there special care needed with my implants?
- Can I still get implants if I have a fear of dentists?
1. What are dental implants?
Dental implants are medically pure titanium devices that are placed into the jawbone. They act as an anchor to provide a solid base for artificial tooth replacement.
Titanium is used in other surgical procedures such as knee and hip replacements.
2. Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Anyone in reasonable health who wants to replace missing teeth; those who are dissatisfied with their present denture; those people who would like to eat better and with more comfort, smile more frequently and feel more secure when they talk and laugh. In some instances, some patients may not have sufficient bone available for the placement of implants. In these patients, new bone can be added by ridge augmentation procedures.Back to top
3. Why have dental implants become so popular?
The growing popularity of implants has largely been the result of people living longer and their desire to fulfill a lifestyle with the greatest possible pleasure. Implants give us the ability to restore something that is fundamental to our own body. Almost everyone wants to smile more frequently and feel more secure when they talk and laugh. Dental implants allow you to do everything you want with total self-confidence.Back to top
4. What are the benefits of dental implants?
Patients with implants have stated that they eat better, are more comfortable when they eat, and don’t have to use denture adhesive to retain their dentures.
They also say that they can talk and laugh without feeling self-conscious and without fear of their dentures slipping out. All these improvements make people with dentures feel better about themselves, increasing their self confidence while improving their social and business lives.
5. What is the success rate of dental implants?
If the treatment is properly planned, the surgery accomplished following accepted rules of practice, the prosthesis fabricated correctly and the prosthesis properly maintained by the patient, success rates are in excess of 98%.
There are factors, however, beyond the control of both the dentist and patient that can affect the life of an implant. Lifestyle changes, accidents, and illnesses can all have a negative affect.
6. How long will my implants last?
There are few things in life that last a lifetime and dental implants are no different. Should a problem arise, it normally does during the first six months to a year following surgery, during the period of bone healing. After this period, problems appear to be less frequent, with only occasional bite adjustments required.Back to top
7. What should you do if your dentures crack or break?
Age is not a deterrent. Anyone healthy enough to undergo routine dentistry is healthy enough to have dental implants placed.Back to top
8. How do I choose a dentist that does the highest quality implant at the most economic cost?
We have selected the most caring dental health professionals to represent our team. These practitioners believe in providing the highest possible care and quality of implants.Back to top
9. What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
Implants can be used in a variety of circumstances ranging from a removable denture to fixed crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances.Back to top
10. How many implants will I need?
Your dental team trained in placement of dental implants can provide you with a thorough consultation to bring about the best treatment alternatives available to meet your needs.Back to top
11. Why should I even consider getting dental implants?
Apart from being able to smile, eat, sing and speak better; dental implants prevent the onset of poor facial profile due to loss of bone mass in your jaw bone.
Implants prevent bone loss by transmitting load forces during the chewing process down into the jawbone. The jawbone reacts to this loading by increasing the bone density. Implants are well known in their ability to stop bone loss and restore facial skeletal structure while significantly improving nutrition.
12. What kind of foods can I eat with implants?
Implants will allow you to enjoy foods like raw carrots, corn on the cob and apples that you may have avoided for years. Implant supported dentures can triple your biting force allowing you to eat any hard food that your original teeth were once able to do.Back to top
13. How do implants on dentures compare to normal dentures?
Dentures fixed to dental implants will give you an enhanced improvement in your quality of life that standard dentures can not provide.Back to top
14. Will implant procedures cause much discomfort?
The discomfort experienced after the placement of implants is generally equivalent to that experienced from the extraction of a tooth.
Most implants are placed using local anesthetic only. Sedation can be used with the more apprehensive patients and occasionally, if extensive surgery is required, a general anesthetic may be recommended.
The use of dental implants is designed to help you avoid pain and discomfort.
15. How long is the entire process?
The entire process typically involves 2 or 3 trips to the dentist over a 4 to 5 month period.Back to top
16. What is dentures in a day?
Dentures in a day is immediately loading the implants and transforming your current denture into a temporary fixed denture and is used until the final denture can be made to replace the temporary one. You will leave with a fixed denture the same day as you have your implants placed.Back to top
17. How long do I have to wait to resume my daily activities?
In most cases, you can resume normal activities the day following the placement of your implants.Back to top
18. Is there special care needed with my implants?
Along with normal brushing and flossing, a periodic check-up with your dentist is required. They will check the individual implants and clean around the posts if necessary. Dental implants do not suffer from normal teeth problems such as decay and hot/cold sensitivity.Back to top
19. Can I still get implants if I have a fear of dentists?
Yes, it is normal to have some level of anxiety towards dentists. Most dental fears are related to an early experience during your childhood. Today's dental practices are capable of assisting you in dealing with those fears to enable you to have the opportunity to improve your overall physical health and appearance.Back to top