What will happen if I don’t replace missing teeth?
When a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone will shrink. Neighboring teeth can drift out of position, and opposing teeth may grow into the space left by the missing tooth.
When multiple teeth are lost, patients can look aged due to loss of support for the lips.
What are implants?
Implants are titanium posts placed in the jawbone. These posts are used to support missing teeth. Bone is allowed to heal completely around the titanium posts, after which crowns can be placed via intermediate abutments.
Does it hurt to have implants placed?
In general, no pain will be felt during the surgery. Most implant procedures are done under local anesthesia. After the procedure, patients may experience minor soreness or discomfort, which can usually be relieved by taking medication.
For patients who are anxious about the implant procedure, they can opt to have these procedures performed under sedation. Sedation is a very safe and effective method to relax the patient, and no discomfort will be experienced while the patient is sedated.
How many days do I have to be off work?
Generally, patients can go back to work on the next day. However, we usually recommend that the patient limit physical activities for the first three days.
Can I eat after the implant procedure?
A soft diet is recommended for the first and second day after the procedure. Thereafter, patients can usually return to their normal diets.
How long can implants last?
According to current research, implants have a success rate of 95% over 10 years.
Who actually performs implant placement?
Implants can be placed by any qualified dentist. However, some dentists undergo advanced specialist training and are able to manage complex implant cases and create good, predictable outcomes.
Periodontists are specialists who have undergone advanced training in implant placement and specialized procedures related to the bone and gums. Prosthodontists are specialists who have received advanced training in the management of complex implant cases.
Are implants easy to maintain?
Implants are like our natural teeth and need to be cleaned daily. They also need to be checked regularly and be cleaned by the dentists. Professional cleaning of implants is done with special instruments; otherwise the implant surface will be damaged.