1. What Exactly ARE Dental Implants?
A dental implant is not technically the replacement tooth itself but the metal rod to which the dental crown (actual artificial tooth) is attached. Implants firmly connect to your jawbone on one end and to the crown on the other.
2. How Many Teeth Can Implants Replace?
You can get any number of missing teeth replaced with modern implant technology. Implants can support a single crown, a dental bridge, or permanent dentures with a full mouthful of teeth.
3. What Are "All On 4" Implants?
All on 4 dental implants is a term referring to the fact that a full jaw (upper or lower) of teeth in the form of implant-supported dentures typically sits on just 4 strategically placed implant rods. Permanent dentures are much more stable than removable ones.
4. Can Implants Safely Fuse To Bone?
Yes, through the amazing process of osseointegration, certain types of metal can safely and firmly fuse to bone tissue. The titanium that implant rods are made out of is the safest of such osseointegrative metals.
5. How Long Will My Implants Last?
The great durability of dental implants is one of their most beneficial features. You can count on them lasting for decades, and often, for the rest of the patient's life. Regular checkups and at-home oral care may be needed to ensure maximum implant longevity.
6. How High Is The Success Rate With Dental Implants?
The overall nationwide success rate for dental implant placement is 99%, while the success rate for same-day implants is at 98%. Keep in mind that even if there were a problem, your periodontist could fix it for you.
7. Is Everyone A Good Candidate For Implants?
Most dental patients can safely get dental implants. If your gums and bone tissue are healthy, you can opt for same-day implants if you wish. Otherwise, you may need bone grafts and/or periodontal treatment first before undergoing implant placement surgery.
8. Do Implants Work Better Than Other Options?
The benefits of dental implants easily exceed those of other tooth-replacement options. They give you a natural look and feel, allow for normal biting, chewing, and speaking, and require only normal at-home dental hygiene. They don't cause the problems that removable dentures often do, such as sore gums and lost bone mass in the jaw.
9. How Much Will New Implants Cost?
The cost of implants varies greatly from region to region and from dentist to dentist. With dental insurance and a payment plan, however, they can be quite affordable.
10. Who Should Install My Implants?
It's best to rely on an experienced periodontist to place your new implants rather than on a general dentist. Periodontists specialize in tooth restoration and implant placement.
To learn more about dental implants and their many benefits, contact Ormond Beach Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We understand how big of a decision this can be, and we can help guide you to making an informed decision that neither you nor your teeth will ever regret!