Dental Implants FAQS
What is an Implant?
A Dental implant is a precision manufactured threaded post placed into the jawbone. Implants are made from titanium or titanium alloy, this is the least likely material to be rejected by the body’s natural immune system. After osseointegration, or when the surrounding bone has attached to the implant it forms a secure base for crowns, bridges and fixed dentures that are secured to the top of the implant. Implants are a replacement for the root of a tooth that has been lost.
Can anyone have implants?
In principal with today’s modern techniques, yes, anyone can. Some patients who have reduced bone density and low sinus cavities might need bone reconstruction and or sinus lifts but this is all attainable at The Slade Dental Practice & Implant Centre. Our expertise in dental techniques and CT scans can even eliminate complex surgery, by giving us the opportunity to place implants in the optimum position, avoiding sinus cavities and nerve canals.
Most patients have told us that even after the implants have been placed they didn’t even notice that they were there. There should be no more discomfort than having an extraction, and we supply patients with medication in case they feel any discomfort afterwards.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you are healthy enough to have a tooth extracted, you are probably healthy enough to have an implant. General good health and adequate bone in the jaw are the key requirements. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or decay may be a candidate for dental implants.
How successful is the procedure?
For more than three decades, dental implants have been used successfully with people just like you. Good oral hygiene is an important factor in insuring long lasting results from your implants. Regular hygienist appointments are recommended for implant longevity.
Is the procedure painful?
No. Anesthesia is used during the surgical procedure to eliminate any discomfort. Your dentist may prescribe pain medication for any discomfort after surgery. Most patients indicate that the discomfort is minimal after surgery and many feel comfortable enough to return to work the next day.
Will I need an implant for each missing tooth?
No, unless you are only having a single tooth replaced . Normally, five or six implants are used to replace all the teeth in one jaw, as each implant can support usually two teeth.
How long will it take?
The dental implant process involves several steps and the overall treatment period varies greatly between patients. The typical treatment time takes a few months. The first appointment would be the consultation, which takes about an hour and this will determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for implants. Some patients are not suitable due to reduced bone depth, width and density, or that the sinus cavity is too low. The implantologist will discuss all the treatment options available for your specific case and this will be followed with a written detailed report and estimate of costs involved for all the options available to you. You can then make a decision as to which option suits you best.
Can I choose whether or not to go ahead with the treatment?
Yes, all our consultations are to give patients complete information and a professional opinion of the treatment required. We invite you to bring along your partner or a friend. The decision to go ahead with any treatment is entirely yours.