FAQ   Implant Magic

 

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.
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Q What are my options if I have missing teeth?
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With many state-of-the-art dental treatments and prevention options available in dentistry today, there are fewer reasons for having to extract (remove) teeth. When something does go wrong with a tooth, we try to do everything possible to restore the tooth to its original function. Removing a tooth is the last option because we know that removal may lead to severe and costly dental and cosmetic problems if the tooth is not replaced.

Losing a tooth can be a very traumatic experience and it's very unfortunate when it does happen. Injury, accident, fracture, severe dental decay, and gum disease are the major reasons for having to remove a tooth. If teeth are lost due to injury or have to be removed, it is imperative that they be replaced to avoid cosmetic and dental problems in the future.

When a tooth is lost, the jaw bone that helped to support that tooth begins to atrophy, causing the teeth on either side to shift or tip into the open space of the lost tooth. Also, the tooth above or below the open space will start to move towards the open space because there is no opposing tooth to bite on. These movements may create problems such as decay, gum disease, excessive wear on certain teeth and TMJ (jaw joint) problems. These problems and movements do not result immediately, but will eventually appear, compromising your chewing abilities, the health of your bite and the beauty of your smile.




Options for replacement of missing teeth:

Implants - These are a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. They may also be used to support ill-fitting dentures. A dental implant is an artificial root that is surgically placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is placed on the implant, giving the appearance and feel of a natural tooth. Implants are very stable, durable and are the most aesthetically pleasing tooth replacement option.

Fixed bridges - This type of bridge is generally made of porcelain or composite material and is anchored permanently to a natural teeth adjacent to the missing tooth site. The benefit of this type of bridge is that it is fixed and is very sturdy. The disadvantage is that in order to create a fixed appliance, two healthy, natural teeth will have to be filed down and crowned (capped) to hold the bridge in place.

Dentures- This type of tooth replacement is used when most or all of the natural teeth are missing in one dental arch. Dentures are removable artificial teeth that are made to closely resemble the patients original teeth.

If you are missing teeth, ask us if they need replacement and what options are available to you. Together we will select the best replacement option for your particular case. Prevention and early treatment is always less involved and less costly than delaying treatment and allowing a serious problem to develop.

Q What is a dental implant?
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A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

 

Q Why dental implants?
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There are a number of reasons why you should consider a dental implant:Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is.
There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

 

Q Are dental implants successful?
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With more than three decades of clinical experience and over a million patients treated, statistics confirm a success rate of nearly 95 percent for individual Nobel Biocare dental implants*, and even higher for the bridges they support.

 

* Results based on dental implants and dental bridges remaining and in function over a five-year period

 

Q How much do dental implants cost?
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The fee for tooth replacement with dental implants depends on several factors, including the number of teeth being replaced and the number of dental implants required to support your replacement teeth. Some additional procedures may be required prior to the placement of your dental implants to ensure the long-term health of your dental implants. To obtain a specific fee estimate, it is necessary to have a doctor examine your mouth. After a thorough diagnostic examination, your dentist will recommend the treatment that is best for you.

 

Q Who is a candidate?
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Yes. Whether you have one missing tooth or a full mouth of teeth that need to be replaced, Chrysalis Dental Centres has a solution right for you.

 

Q Can someone have dental implants put in if they still have teeth?
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Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Your dentist is the best person to evaluate whether dental implants are a viable solution for you.

Q Is old age a problem?
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Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. If you're healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you?ôre probably healthy enough to receive dental implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant treatment. Your dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.

Q What are the advantages of dental implants over dentures or a dental bridge?
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Improved appearance- When you lose the entire tooth - crown and root - shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn't.

Preserve natural teeth- With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.

Permanent solution
- There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable. No adjustment is need after placement. Normally, it will serve its owner for life.

 

Q How will I clean my fixed teeth if I can't remove them?
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  1. During the first appointment, the dentist determines if you are a candidate for this guided surgery.
  2. If you are deemed to be a candidate, you will be sent for a CT scan of your jaw as well as one of your denture.
  3. On the day of the procedure, you will leave the chair with fixed teeth.
  4. We will have you back once or twice for a quick check just to make sure things are going smoothly.


Q Is the treatment painful?
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With any surgery, there can be some discomfort. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur. Ask your dentist to recommend another patient who has already had tooth replacement therapy to assess their personal experience.

 

Q How will I feel after the treatment?
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It is normal to have some bruising and swelling in the gum, but usually the discomfort, if there is any, is treated with an ordinary painkiller. You should expect to be able to go to work the next day..

Q How will dental implants affect my life?
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Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose; but most importantly, dental implants often improve one's quality of life in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed and worried because of their teeth problems are often overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.

Q Will my new teeth look natural?
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When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.

Q Will I be able to chew with the same force and pressure I use with my natural teeth?
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Yes. Following a brief adaptation period, chewing capacity is comparable to that of natural teeth.

Q How much time is required for a dental implant placement?
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Today, state-of-the-art guided surgical techniques allow you to have the dental implant placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has significantly simplified the procedure for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of soft tissue. This greatly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.

The conventional process can take from three to six months. First, the dentist places the dental implant, which is left for three to six months to heal and integrate with the jawbone. During the healing period, you are given a temporary prosthesis until the permanent crown is put in place.

The procedure chosen depends on several factors, such as your dental health, the number of teeth involved and which teeth are replaced. These factors will also determine the total number of visits to the dentist required throughout the treatment period.

Q How will I care for my dental implants?
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Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth. Brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist in six months, or more frequently if so advised.