Frequently Asked Questions
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What are Dental Implants?Dental implants are small screws designed to replace the root of a tooth and restore the physical appearance and the chewing function of patients with partial or full tooth loss. Dental implants are intended for use in either the upper and/or the lower jaw to support prosthetic devices, such as artificial teeth.
Are Dental Implants safe?Dental implants have a 97% success rate of integrating with the bone, making them one of the most successful tooth replacement options available.
How do I care for my new Dental Implants?Implant supported teeth need regular care and cleaning just like your natural teeth. As with natural teeth, you will need to visit your dentist periodically for cleaning.
Is there an age limit for getting Dental Implants?Age is not a factor in dental implant success. Dental Implants have proven to be successful in patients of all ages. It's important that you're in good general health, as with any medical procedure. Please notify your doctor of any pre-existing conditions or medications.
Will the procedure hurt?As with any oral surgery procedure, there will be some associated pain, however this can be significantly alleviated with the use of medications or IV sedation. Once the implants are placed, Dental Implants will not rub against the affected area, unlike many other treatment options.
How is a Dental Implant different from a dental bridge?A Dental Implant literally replaces a missing tooth. A Dental Implant simulates the root of a tooth to which the cosmetic dentist attaches a cosmetic tooth. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is non-surgical and uses the adjacent teeth to support a new cosmetic tooth. A Dental Implant is not invasive to surrounding teeth (especially desirable if they are healthy and in good condition). By simulating the root, it engages the bone and keeps it healthy. Because a Dental Implant is an individual tooth it is also easier to floss.
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