After the procedure
Whether you have dental implant surgery in one stage or multiple stages, you may experience some of the typical discomforts associated with any type of dental surgery, such as: Swelling of your gums and face Bruising of your skin and gums Pain at the implant site Minor bleeding If swelling, discomfort or any other problem gets worse in the days after surgery, contact your doctor. After each stage of surgery, you may need to eat soft foods while the surgical site heals. Typically, your doctor will use stitches that dissolve on their own. If your stitches aren't self-dissolving, your doctor…
Am I a suitable candidate for dental implants?
People of any age, who are healthy enough to undergo tooth removal or other oral surgery, can have dental implants. You need to have enough jaw bone to support implants, as well as healthy gums with no inflammation. Smoking can be harmful to the healing process but it is not totally contraindicated. The excessive consumption of alcohol and tobacco can, however, have a negative impact on the success of implant treatment. Following a careful assessment of your medical history, you will be informed of any conditions that may affect your treatment.
What is the success rate?
Implant techniques were first used abroad in the 1960s. Improvements to materials and methods over the past 40 years have resulted in a success rate for dental implants of over 95% and this is growing year by year. Inrecent years, success has been guaranteed, which is why implants are chosen as the best method for tooth restoration. It is not by chance that millions of implants have been placed worldwide.
Can I replace a failing implant?
In the very unlikely event that an implant is unsuccessful, the treatment can be repeated with no problems. It is a fact that most implant patients do not choose an alternative method of restoring their teeth.
How long does the whole treatment take?
Its duration depends on the treatment plan and the type of implant selected for your particular case. The treatment can last anything from a few weeks to several months. If a bone graft is deemed essential prior to the insertion of an implant, the duration of the treatment will be longer. Every case is assessed on its own merits and your doctor will propose a complete treatment plan, including the time required and the cost, according to your particular needs.
Will I need to go to hospital?
Most implantation procedures are carried out at the dentist’s own clinic without any need for hospitalization. In certain instances, premedication is recommended to reduce anxiety during the procedure. Hospitalization is only required in a limited number of procedures.
Will I feel any pain or discomfort?
Most patients report less discomfort after an implantation procedure than after a surgical tooth extraction. Thanks to modern an aesthetics and the use of painkillers for 2-3 days during the post-operative period, any discomfort or pain is minimal.
Will there be a time during the treatment period when I have no temporary teeth at all?
The only time when the use of temporary teeth in the implant area may not be possible is immediately after the procedure. In such a case, it will be a brief period of 10-15 days and temporary teeth are placed at once for the smooth continuation of the treatment process.
Will anyone be able to tell that I have implants?
Thanks to modern technology, implants look and feels natural that they are indistinguishable from real teeth. More importantly, they function exactly like real teeth. Implants offer some of the best results regarding tooth restoration in modern dentistry.
How much does implantation treatment cost?
The cost depends on the number, the type of implants and the method of restoring the tooth/teeth. If a bone graft is required, the overall cost will rise. Whereas a bridge requires the cutting down of adjacent teeth to support the crowns, an implant is independent and is only fixed to the jaw. The improvement to your self-confidence, comfort, eating habits and appearanceis what makes implants one of the best investments you can ever make for yourself!
What type of care do implants require?
Implants need proper oral care at home at regular visits to the dentist every 4-6 months (i.e. 2-3 times a year). Dental implants are like real teeth and they need the same amount of care. To keep implants clean and plaque-free, brushing and flossing are essential.
How strong are implants?
Researchers have seen that, in many instances, implants are stronger than our natural teeth. In comparison with removable dentures, studies show that implants provide 100% greater masticatory efficiency. With implants, you will enjoy your favourite foods, improve your appearance and, of course, boost your self-confidence.
Can I have new teeth the same day?
In certain circum stances and following strict guidelines, it is possible to take measures immediately after surgical implantation that will enable the dental technician to make a prosthodontic replacement that the doctor can place 1-2 days after the procedure. This temporary prosthesis can remain and function in the mouth for several months before being replaced by the permanent one.