Dental Implants FAQ's
What are Dental Implants?
Implants are natural looking replacements for missing teeth. The implant itself is a post that attaches to your bone. This post provides an anchor for your dentist to place crowns, bridges or other restorations. Implants can also be used to anchor partial and full dentures.
What are some of advantages of Dental Implants?
- Improved appearance.
- improved speech.
- Greater comfort.
- Greater ability to chew food naturally.
What is the success rate of Dental Implants?
The success rate of Dental Implants after they have become fixed into the jawbone is between 94% and 98%. If you are a non-smoker with good oral health habits, the percentage is closer to 100%. With excellent oral hygiene and regular check-ups and cleanings, your implant should last a lifetime.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
A single Dental Implant and crown costs slightly more than a fixed bridge. The cost of implants varies from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of each case. Dr. Smith will begin with a full medical and dental health evaluation and decide whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Do implants work as well as natural teeth?
Dental implants function much better than removable dentures. Patients often comment that dental implants are so natural in appearance and function that it is like having their natural teeth back. Today’s advancements make implants function within 90% of the efficiency of natural teeth in terms of both bite and feel.
What are the advantages of anchoring dentures with Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are fixed in the jaw, and provide a solid base to support a denture. Many of the problems associated with conventional dentures disappear including:
- The slipping, irritation & pain that can accompany loose dentures.
- Speech problems that arise from loose dentures.
- The application of adhesive creme every morning.
- Embarrassment from teeth moving while eating.
- Inability to eat certain kinds of food.
How soon is it possible to eat after receiving dental implants?
As soon as the final restoration has been placed, you can resume normal eating again. Immediately after implant placement you should avoid eating hard foods in that area.