According to recent research, close to 200 million people in North America, Europe and Japan have lost one or more of their teeth. For years, dentures have been the only option for permanent tooth loss. Today, more and more people are choosing dental implants as an alternative. Many thanks to Dr. Tim Hart for the use of his Implant FAQ’s!
Implant therapy has, without question, been one of the most significant advancements in dental care during the latter quarter of this century. Presently, in 1998, it can be considered a usual and customary procedure that has benefited hundreds of thousands of people who either (a) had no prior opportunity to enjoy a new, solid, dentition or (b) needed limited replacement of teeth, and chose not to have any of their remaining natural “ground down” for bridgework.
What is an Implant?
An implant is a man-made root that occupies the position that your natural tooth once held. The implants will support your new teeth.
How much will an Implant Cost?
The investment varies according to your personal situation. It is impossible to give an exact answer to this question without first examining you. The doctor will be able to give you the information after an initial examination. It is important for you to know that you do not necessarily need an implant for each missing root.
How will I Benefit from Dental Implants?
The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food, and often protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone. Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth.
How Long will the Treatment Take?
This is depending on your particular treatment. The treatment is completed in phases ranging from 5-9 months. During this time you are able to live as normally as possible using your existing dental bridge.
How many Visits will this Treatment Take?
The number of visits will depend on the treatment you will need. The doctor can address these issues with you at your consultation appointment.
How long have Dental Implants been Done?
Implants are not new to the dental field. Prof. Brånemark started his research in the early 50’s and has revolutionized implants as we know them today. Prof. Brånemark placed his first ossiointegrated implant in a patient in 1965, after many years of preclinical studies.
Will I Ever be Without my Teeth?
This depends on your situation. Most patients can leave the office wearing some type of temporary prosthesis. We advise our patient with full dentures to go without their prosthesis for 10-14 days. After that you can wear them comfortably with a soft liner until the final dentition is replaced. The success of our treatment can be compromised if the fixtures are “loaded” or are subject to early pressure from chewing or your prosthesis.
Is it Important to Take Care of the Implants After the Treatment is Completed?
Yes! Maintaining care of the implants will help to assure the long-term success of your treatment. You will be responsible for daily plaque removal, which can be accomplished through brushing and flossing around your restoration. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to properly care for your implants. You must visit your dentist at least once a year for maintenance appointments.