Your Questions Answered About Dental Implants

January 28, 2015

Dental ImplantsSince dental implants were first invented they have quickly become one of the most promising technologies to replace teeth with. Thanks, in part to modern medical science, dental implants have literally become the future of dental prosthetics. People now have the opportunity to have a permanent replacement, surgically inserted into their jawbone by a skilled dentist or oral surgeon. This innovation is actually changing the way many of our patients think about tooth loss. 

While there is no doubt that some of the other techniques have also made some advances, the bottom line is that most of the other means of replacing teeth still depend on antediluvian methods. Dentures depend on adhesives to bond and hold them in place while bridges are still secured using dental cement. This is opposed to dental implants that use titanium screws to create the most stable and secure base for your new fake teeth. Still, some of our patients, especially those that are using different prosthetic devices, have concerns about changing their device. Once we have a chance to educate and demonstrate how a person’s standard of living can improve tremendously once they have the stronger, more durable, and better looking dental implants, this usually dispels the concerns. 

The permanent nature of dental implants is a huge success for patients, especially those coming from a different type of prosthetic device. However, the very permanence of the device makes some people want to have all their questions answered before they make the leap to get an implant installed. This is important for you and for us, as it gives us the opportunity to explain things, and we recommend that you schedule an appointment to discuss the procedure in detail.  In the meantime, here are a couple of quick facts that may answer some of your questions about dental implants. 

How successful is the procedure? 

Implants are hugely successful. The installation has an extremely high success rate between 93% and 98%. This means that they virtually never fail, barring some external circumstances. 

How long will my dental implants last?

Dental implants will often last up to thirty years (or even a lifetime) though they have also been known to last only seven. The difference between the two is because implants, like real teeth, depend on other factors in your mouth for longevity. Gum disease, for example, can shorten the lifespan of your dental implants while great oral health and hygiene habits can make them last a much longer time. We also cannot predict things like accidents that may influence how long a dental implant lasts, but we do know that it is a long term solution that requires no extra care, other than what you would provide your teeth in the first place. 

The longevity of your dental implants starts with a great installation. To do this, we will phase out your installation over several visits. Between these visits, you will be recovering for between ten and fourteen days. On your return, we will make sure that nothing has shifted, make any minor modifications as needed, and then proceed to the next step. Not only does this method increase our chances of success but also dramatically reduces your final recovery time to less than two weeks after all of the procedures are completed. In the end, your new tooth will be beautiful and durable.