We understand that getting dental work done is not a decision that’s made just in a few minutes and that it takes time and a lot of consideration to decide which treatment will fit your needs and expectations.
So if you’re thinking that implants could be the right choice for you, but still have some questions - This ultimate implant guide will answer all of them.
This guide comes in two parts:
In the first part, you will learn about the most common questions our patients have before getting the procedure done.
In the second part, we will explain to you how you can decide which dental implant brand you should choose and why.
What is an implant and how can it help me?
An implant is a replacement for a lost tooth root. It is made of titanium and is biocompatible, meaning that it will not be rejected by the human body. They are a long-term aesthetic and functional solution for the loss of one or multiple teeth.
Does placing an implant hurt?
You don’t have to worry about pain, because placing an implant is a completely painless procedure that is performed under local anaesthesia. This guarantees a smooth and carefree placement procedure.
How do I know if I qualify for a dental implant?
Almost anyone missing one or more teeth may receive dental implants. During your first consultation, our dentists will estimate your overall oral cavity health, your medical status and the structure and quantity of the remaining bone. Based on this, they will create an individual plan according to your specific situation.
Which types of implants do you use at Dentum?
For our clients, we use only high-quality proven implant systems with a long-standing tradition, such as:
- Nobel Biocare (Sweden)
- Straumann (Switzerland)
- Astra Tech (Sweden)
The success rate of these dental implant systems is 96 to 98%. With proper hygiene, regular checkups and professional cleaning, they should last forever.
How should I care for my implants?
You should care for your implants just as your natural teeth. That means that it is necessary to use all oral cavity hygiene means such as dental floss, a toothbrush, an interdental brush and water showers. Moreover, regular checkups are of great importance to ensure your implants last.
Is there an age limit for placing dental implants?
There is no limitation in terms of age, except for children and youth persons who are still growing and developing. There is no upper age limit.
Are complications possible when placing implants?
Even though very rare, complications are possible. However, even if this should happen, the procedure will be successfully repeated without any consequences.
- If the client does not abide by the oral cavity hygiene instructions, an infection of the bone and soft tissues around the implant is possible due to food and calculus accumulation (peri-implantitis)
- For smokers and diabetics, the success rate is reduced by 10%
- Due to severe systemic diseases
Complications in placing an implant are very rare but possible:
However, at Dentum you can be sure that these risks are reduced to an absolute minimum. That’s why we offer free consultations, in case to properly assess your oral health condition and create a treatment plan that is 100% customized to your needs, wishes and health condition.
What happens after an implant has been placed?
After an implant is placed, a waiting period of 2 to 8 months is necessary, depending on the situation, to complete the procedure. A careful oral cavity hygiene and regular checkups are very important during this time.
What is artificial bone?
If there’s bone missing at the site of placement of the implant, the bone is replaced with artificial bone in order to secure the implant. The reasons for missing bones are all the conditions leading to tooth loss and the actual tooth loss. The artificial bone is almost completely replaced by natural bone and this process takes about 6 months.
7 benefits of choosing implants over other solutions:
- It is not necessary to abrade healthy neighbouring teeth
- Implants preserve the bone height and gums at the site of placement, as opposed to other replacements
- If you lack most or all of your teeth, a fixed prosthetic may be made either in the form of a bridge or an implant supported prosthetic
- No more dental prosthetics falling out and potentially embarrassing situations
- Speech and eating are almost perfect
- After a short adjustment period, you will not notice any difference between your natural teeth and the implant supported teeth
- Implants represent the very pinnacle of dental medicine and ensure optimal quality of life and a radiant smile
Now, that you know all the answers to our most frequently asked questions, we invite you to keep on reading the second part of this ultimate implant guide. In the second part, we will explain to you how you can choose a dental implant brand that will fit your needs and to what you need to pay attention in your decision process.KEEP ON READING