Dental Implants FAQ
Missing teeth can be frustrating for many reasons. Eating becomes difficult and sometimes painful. It can become hard to pronounce words correctly. Your oral health can suffer further degradation. It can be embarrassing to know that every time you smile or hold a conversation with someone, they can see that you are missing teeth. It is very important to your oral health that you replace teeth that are lost as soon as possible.
At Michael Regan, DMD Family, Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we proudly offer the best form of tooth replacement available on the market today – dental implants. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants:
How do I schedule an appointment?
Call us at 503-654-8283 to schedule your appointment or submit our online consultation request form found to your right.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental Implants are a permanent dental prosthetic that allows us to replace lost teeth. They consist of three parts – post, abutment, and crown. They allow us to replace single teeth, several consecutive teeth in a row (bridge), and even full arches of teeth. All this while stimulating the bone and soft tissues in exactly the ways that your natural teeth would.
Are Dental Implants safe?
The process for receiving a dental implant is a straightforward one. We start by evaluating the implant site to determine whether there is enough healthy bone to support an implant. Dental implants have a 97% success rate of integrating with the bone, however, making them one of the most successful tooth replacement options available. Tooth loss can lead to bone loss if left alone for long enough, so it is important to ensure the implant will be supported in the jaw. If there is not enough bone, we can always perform a bone graft to make up for lost bone.
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. Dental Implants give you the full function of a natural tooth/teeth in a permanent, hassle-free dental fixture. With removable prosthetics like dentures, there are special care instructions, dietary limitations, and cleaning requirements differing from your normal oral hygiene routine. Dental implants can be treated as your normal teeth would. The one requirement that dental implants have is that of pristine oral health. Tobacco use can easily cause an implant to fail. To ensure that your implant lasts you a long time, brush twice a day and floss at least once a day.