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21 Nov

Dental Implants Common Questions

When we talk about Implants, people use to have fears, questions and anguish. We understand it. And for that reason we put together some of the most commom questions about dental implants to make you feel safe and comfortable.

WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, with an additional 95% success. These numbers are much higher compared to other methods of replacing teeth, such as removable dentures. Dentists used to consider it the best method of choice to replace lost teeth.

ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?

All dental procedures, especially the most complex ones, such as implantology, begin with a detailed consultation with Dr. Gutierres. During this meeting, Dr. Gutierres will introduce you to exactly which treatment is most appropriate and everything will be developed in person. It is noteworthy that dental implants have superior quality to traditional dentures because they are permanent, have a very natural appearance, do not require support structures and fully restore the function of teeth and mouth, allowing natural speech and feeding, generating increased confidence and self-esteem.

CAN I RECEIVE DENTAL IMPLANTS?

People under 18 are not recommended to do this procedure because the dentition is already complete. Contraindications are pregnancy, some periodontal problem or lack of oral hygiene care, which can lead to implant loss. Talk to a professional and tell them your needs to find the best alternative.

HOW CAN I MAINTAIN THESE IMPLANTS?

These ‘new teeth’ are kept in the same way as normal teeth. Specific brushing and flossing techniques will be taught. In regular dental examinations, implants should be reviewed. One of the most important points is about having a good oral. This ensure the long-term success of your implants and the health of your gums.

HOW LONG DO THE IMPLANTS REMAIN FIXED ON THE BONES?

If titanium accessories are successfully integrated into the bone and are properly maintained. They should last for many years. However, just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fillings to need occasional repairs or replacements during the course of their life, your implant-supported teeth may also require similar maintenance.

HOW MANY IMPLANTS DO I NEED FOR MY MISSING TEETH?

The exact number of implants depends on the number and location of the missing teeth, volume and quality of bone in the area. If a tooth is missing, usually an implant is what it will take to replace it. Larger gaps of two or three missing teeth do not necessarily require one implant per tooth. It may be possible to replace larger gaps with a smaller number of implants for the fixation of the necessary prostheses.

WHAT HAPPENS IF AN IMPLANT DOES NOT WORK?

If an implant does not integrate with the bone, it means that it has not reached a rigid fixation. Over time, it will loosen and will not be able to withstand a replacement tooth. There is usually no discomfort with implant failure and, as it loosens, it can be easily removed. If there are other implants remaining, it may not even be necessary to replace them.

However, if you decide to have an implant treatment.  Prepare yourself to deal with the possibility that failures may happen.

Implant treatments are a reliable treatment modality with a 95% success rate. In practice, this may mean that 1 in 20 of the implants placed may not survive in the long term. Talking about the possibility of failures with the professional is important to bring trust and transparency to your treatment.

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