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Dental Implants - Southshore Dental in Trenton, MI
Dr. Patel has spent a great deal of time studying and performing implant dentistry. Implant dentistry is a remarkable procedure that allows the dentist to replace missing teeth with a permanent tooth-like structure called an implant. Dental implants are a permanent and durable solution for replacing missing or deteriorating teeth. Dental implants are an artificial tooth root that is placed securely into the jawbone. They look and function like real teeth. Unlike traditional solutions, implants can last a lifetime, they prevent bone loss in the jaw, and give you the confidence to chew, speak, and smile as you've always wanted.
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Is the procedure painful?
At Southshore Dental we give our patient several options for sedation to keep the procedure pain-free and anxiety-free. We will perform the procedure with the latest techniques in a sterile environment. Most of our patients are amazed by how little discomfort they experience after the procedure.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper care, cleanings and check-ups, your new dental implants could last a lifetime. Traditional solutions, such as dentures only last a few years. The question of longevity must be put in perspective for each patient. General health, oral health, and hygiene can all affect the long term prognosis. Your Trenton, MI dentist will discuss your case and what can be expected.
How long does it take to heal?
Before the crown can be secured, the implant must first properly be fused into the jawbone. It can take up to several months for the implant to fully heal.
Are dental implants safe?
Dental implantology goes back to the early Egyptians. The newest bone integrated implants have a success rate of over 95%. Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry and it is the only restoration method that stimulates natural bone beneath the missing tooth. Dental implants have been around for over 40 years and are extremely effective.
What are the risks with dental implants?
Dental implants have a high success rate of 95-98%. However, there are risks to consider, such as nerve damage, implant movement, and infection. To reduce your risks, be sure to properly clean and attend checkup visits with your dentist and find an experienced dentist that has the best technology to be successful, such as a 3D Cone Beam Technology for a high-tech guided surgery.
With dental implants, will I still have to come in for cleanings?
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay. However, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. For the first year after the procedure, it is important to see your dentist every three months so your implants can be closely monitored.
Are dental implants expensive?
Dental implants typically cost more as an upfront investment when compared to dentures or bridges. However, in the long-run, dental implants are less expensive because they last a lifetime, while other solutions must be replaced every few years.
How do the dental profession and insurance companies regard implants?
Dental implants have achieved wide acceptance. People are seeking alternatives to removable teeth, missing teeth or drilling healthy teeth to replace lost teeth. The American Dental Association has endorsed dental implants. Long term studies have been conducted by numerous implant academies. Some states make it mandatory for patients' treatment plans to include the option of dental implants.
The A.D.A. now has an insurance code for dental implants and many insurance companies now reimburse for the implants and/or the related procedures and prosthesis. All of this means implants WORK.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental Implants can offer solutions for:
- The patient who cannot speak or chew comfortably with conventional dentures.
- The patient who is missing teeth and wants to avoid a removable partial denture.
- The patient who has an exaggerated gag reflex and cannot maintain dentures of any kind in the mouth.
- The patient who is wearing dentures and wants a fixed appliance to increase function/ cosmetics/ hygiene/ and psychological acceptance of replacement of missing teeth.
- The patient who needs to increase their ability to chew better to aid in the digestive process.
Are there patients who should not have dental implants?
Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo normal dental treatment can have dental implants. Age by itself is not a deterring factor. General health conditions and the structure of the mouth can preclude the use of implants therefore an individual evaluation is necessary.
Will dental implants function as well as my original teeth?
Nothing is as good as the original. Dental implants are better than removable teeth or living with missing teeth. Most patients are not even aware that they are functioning with implants.
Is special care needed for dental implants?
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, along with dental checkups every three months and professional cleanings. For the first couple of weeks after the procedure, only chew soft foods, to prevent breakage. Dental Implants and the prosthesis placed over them should be cared for as you would your natural teeth. Implants can fail for the same lack of proper oral hygiene that can destroy natural teeth. You need regular dental check-ups and cleanings on a basis that your dentist will determine (usually a minimum of every 6 months). You will be shown proper oral care that needs to be practiced and maintained.