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21 Nov

Dental Implants Common Questions


When We Talk About Implants, People Have Fears and Lots of Questions

We understand it. Therefore, we put together some of the most common dental implant questions to help you feel at ease and comfortable with the treatment.

What is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are highly successful; 95% of implants placed succeed.

These numbers are much higher than other methods of replacing teeth, such as removable dentures. Dentists considered it the best method of choice to replace lost teeth.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

All dental procedures, especially the most complex ones, begin with a detailed consultation with Dr Gutierres.

During your consultation, Dr Gutierres will introduce you to the most appropriate treatment and will begin to design your smile based on your needs, lifestyle and budget.

Dental implants have superior quality to traditional dentures because they are permanent, have a natural appearance, do not require support structures, and fully restore the function of teeth and mouth, allowing natural speech and feeding and generating increased confidence and self-esteem.

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Can I Receive Dental Implants?

People under 18 or who are pregnant are not recommended to undergo dental implant surgery. Patients suffering from conditions like gum disease or have some periodontal problems or lack of oral hygiene care must take extra care as they’ll be at risk for implant failure.

How Can I Maintain These Implants?

These ‘new teeth’ are kept the same way as normal teeth, with dental implants being checked every six months by a dentist. One of the most important points is having good oral hygiene skills. This ensures 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 properly maintained, they should last many years. However, just as you would expect conventional crowns, bridges and fillings to need occasional repairs or replacements during 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 of missing teeth, their location, volume, and bone quality 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 to fix the necessary prostheses.

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What Happens if an Implant Does Not Work?

If an implant does not integrate with the bone, it has not reached a rigid fixation. Over time, it will loosen and cannot withstand a replacement tooth.

There is usually no discomfort with implant failure; it can be easily removed as it loosens. If other implants are remaining, replacing them may not even be necessary.

However, if you decide to have an implant treatment, prepare yourself to deal with the possibility that failure may happen. Don’t worry; we do our very best to ensure you’re a viable candidate during your consultation.

Implant treatments are a reliable treatment modality with a 95% success rate. This may mean that 1 in 20 implants placed may not survive long term.

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