Q. What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
A. Dental implants have given countless patients many amazing benefits.
- You will smile again
- Improved appearance
- Improved comfort
- Improved speech
- Eat better, enjoy more foods, better nutrition
- Improved self-esteem
Q. What might prevent me from being a candidate?
A. There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants. Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles.
Q. What material are dental implants made from?
A. Dental implants are made of titanium. The body doesn’t see titanium as being foreign. Through a process known as osseointegration, bone forms a strong bond with the titanium implant, bone heals very well around titanium.
Q. Are there different methods for placing dental implants?
A. Yes. Here at D’Amico Dental Care, we use a totally guided method for precise placement of a dental implant. A 3D scan is taken which allows for exact planning for placement of the implant. A surgical guide is fabricated from the scan which allows for exact placement during time of surgery. This short video demonstrates how implants are placed at D’Amico Dental Care, utilizing 3 D CAD/CAM technology. 3D Guided Implant Placement
Q. How often the implants need to be checked?
A. The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three to four months. This hygienist should be trained in the specific procedure of maintaining dental implants. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term success.
Q. Is dental implant surgery painful?
A. No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.
Q. When can I return to work after implant surgery?
A. You can go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises. Your implant dentist will discuss all postoperative instructions with you. Mary is 89 years old and recently had 2 implants placed to replace teeth she lost in a fall.