Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is composed of three components: a small titanium screw that is inserted into and fuses with the jawbone, an “abutment” or post which attaches to the implant, and a crown (in the case of one implant) that fits over the abutment to provide a natural looking tooth that functions well. Dental implants may be used to replace individual teeth, multiple teeth, or all your teeth in one or both arches. In the case of a full arch, 14 teeth may be supported by as few as four implants.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
- Implants are fixed in place and look and perform almost like natural teeth
- Implants fit precisely without slipping or the need for adhesives
- Implants preserve facial features, and restore a natural smile
- Implants avoid damage to surrounding healthy teeth
- Implants prevent loss of bone in the area of the missing teeth
- Implants improve your appearance, your confidence, and your ability to eat the foods you like without worry about your teeth
- Implant treatment can last a lifetime
How successful are dental implants?
With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated worldwide, statistics confirm the success rate of 95% for single teeth and close to 100% for implant bridges using Nobel Biocare implants.
Are implants suitable for everybody?
Almost everyone that has lost a tooth, several teeth or even all of their teeth is a candidate for dental implants. There are very few situations in which implants are not suitable. We will assess your suitability before undergoing any treatment.
Am I too old to have implants?
Age is not a factor for dental implant success. Bone healing around dental implants occurs in patients from the 6th to the 10th decade of life with almost equal success as in younger patients. The only thing to stand in the way of dental implant treatment in the elderly is general medical health, your Devonshire House dentist can discuss this with you at your consultation.
Can I replace my dentures with implants?
Yes, you can and it will change your life. With dental implants you avoid the pain and embarrassment of dentures.
- Your teeth will not slip or fall out
- You won’t need to avoid any activities
- You won’t need to worry about what you eat
- There are no clasps, clips or plastic covering the top of your mouth
How painful is the dental implant procedure?
This procedure, as any other oral surgical procedure, has some associated discomfort. However most implant patients comment that they were surprised at how minimal and short the duration of discomfort was.
How do I care for my dental implants and new teeth?
Implant supported teeth need to be brushed and cared for just like natural teeth, although flossing will be different. As with natural teeth, you will need to visit your dentist and hygienist regularly for review and maintenance.