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Dental Implants Q&A

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a metal post that’s surgically attached to the jaw bone to support an artificial tooth. Once in place, a restorative dentist or oral surgeon mounts a replacement tooth to the implant.

Why are dental implants necessary?

Dental implants are necessary when you have missing teeth, but either cannot or do not want to get dentures, bridges or crowns. One of the main causes of missing teeth is advanced tooth decay which can lead to several unpleasant effects on your body.

It is important to replace a lost tooth, as the consequences of removing/losing a tooth and doing nothing can grow into a much larger problem as time goes on. Dental implants play an important role in the overall function of your mouth, supporting a healthy bite, keeping each tooth properly in place while supporting a healthy jawbone and preventing bone deterioration. When a tooth is lost or pulled and not replaced, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. This happens because what preserves the jawbone in the first place is the pressure and stimulus of chewing.

Do dental implants work like real teeth?

Dental implants are the closest you can get to restoring your healthy, natural teeth. Implants are a permanent solution to your missing teeth that look, feel, and function just like your real ones.

Are dental implants noticeable?

Dental implants restorations are made from special materials that mimic the natural translucency and colour of teeth. When shaped and polished by a skilled dental lab technician, they’ll look so realistic, it may be impossible to tell them apart from any remaining teeth. They may even look better and healthier!

Once you have a dental implant, you won’t even notice it’s there. It will blend in perfectly with the rest of your smile. Dental implants play an important role with the visual aspect. You may feel self-conscious about how your smile looks and feels, and dental implants can help with that. Your self-esteem and self-confidence are important, and being able to eat comfortably (especially at social gatherings), smile and laugh without pain, worry or holding back is important and will have a great impact on your life as a whole.

Are dental implants as good as the natural tooth?

Successful implants work just as well as natural teeth, even providing added benefits. The bond between the implant post and bone will be as strong as a natural tooth, and the implants won’t break down over time from the pressures of biting and chewing. With dental implants in place, you don’t have to worry about cracking your artificial teeth or them ever falling out.

Are dental implants susceptible to cavities?

Along with being incredibly strong and life-like, dental implants do not become decayed and they will never need a root canal. You won’t need to worry about them ever getting a cavity or needing treatment as long as you care for them properly and complete routine visits to your dentist. For patients needing most or all of their teeth replaced, this solution can provide life-changing improvements in oral and systemic health as well.

How reliable are dental implants?

Dental implants have a high success rate, but an estimated 5-10pc of dental implants fail, either shortly after a procedure or months or years later.

What causes early or late dental implant problems?

Early dental failure occurs within the first three to four months of the procedure. Patients will experience some degree of pain and swelling after surgery, which can be managed with pain medication. However, if this pain doesn’t subside after five to seven days you should seek professional advice. It takes between 3 and 6 months to completely heal.

Early complications which may develop include

  • Infection at the implant site – An infection can develop during or after surgery. Risk factors increasing chance of infection include having an autoimmune disease, smoking, and bad oral hygiene.
  • Implant micro-movements – These can occur when a dental implant lacks stability. Typically, an artificial tooth isn’t attached to an implant until after the jaw bone properly integrates with the implant.
  • Insufficient bone support – Without adequate bone, the implant can’t fuse with the jaw.
  • Allergic reaction – You may develop a reaction if you’re allergic to titanium alloy, a metal in some dental implants. Symptoms of an allergy include swelling, loss of taste, and perhaps a tingling sensation.

Late dental implant failure and problems include:

  • Nerve or tissue damage – This may occur when a surgeon places an implant too close to a nerve. Signs of damage include numbness or tingling in the tongue, lips, gums, or face.
  • Foreign body rejection – This doesn’t occur often, but can happen. This is when the body rejects an implant. Signs of rejection include increased pain at the implant site, swelling, fever and chills.
  • Protrusion – A dental implant placed in the upper jaw may protrude into the sinus cavity.

How do dental implants affect Periodontal Disease (gum disease)

Once you have an implant, your risk of developing gum disease does not disappear. Without proper care, you could develop peri-implantitis — another form of gum disease. Peri-implantitis occurs when bacteria builds up and affects gum tissue and bone around a dental implant. Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Bad breath
  • Loosening implant
  • At its worst, peri-implantitis can cause your implant to fail and fall out completely.

What are the overall benefits of dental implants to treat tooth loss?

  1. Prevents Bone Loss
  2. Matches Your Natural Teeth
  3. Restores Bite Force
  4. Prevents Changes In the Shape Of Your Face
  5. Enables Natural Speech
  6. Won’t Get Cavities
  7. Easy to Care For
  8. No Embarrassing Slippage
  9. Supports Adjacent Teeth
  10. A Permanent Solution to Tooth Loss

If you are currently dealing with an advanced tooth decay problem, or have lost a tooth, then reach out to Maida Smiles today. Our team of professionals will quickly have you on the path to recovery with a fast and effective plan to restore your smile.