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We are committed to all aspects of your dental health. Do you know that even one missing tooth can have an impact on your oral and overall health? Dentart –Total dental solutions bring years of expertise in the field of Implantology and are well equipped to restore your smile.

Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are artificial tooth root replacements that were first developed in the 1950s. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions for patients
missing one, multiple or all teeth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

The implants themselves are titanium screws that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing.

Typically, implant-supported teeth are permanently cemented and most patients comment on their natural feel. Even denture-wearing patients can stabilize their removable prosthesis by securing a series of implants under the denture.

Dental implants are changing the way people live! With them, people are rediscovering the comfort and confidence to eat, speak, laugh and enjoy life.

  • 1. How will I know if implants can be done in my case?

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    The implant exam and consultation will evaluate your mouth with a clinical exam and an x-ray exam in order to determine your potential for implants. This exam will also be where you can discuss what type of implant replacement will work best for you.The x-ray exam will be able to show how much bone is present in the locations where you will need implants placed. The x-ray won't be able to accurately show bone density.

  • 2. How long can implants last?

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    Different long term research studies have shown that implants which have been placed in good bone can last for a patient's lifetime. However, some implants can fail if the quality of the bone wasn't good, if there was too much bite stress for too few implants or implants which weren't long enough for the demands of a given case.

  • 3. Why is there a 3-6 month waiting period before the implants can be built upon?

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    There is the need for the implants to attach to the bone by a process which was originally described as osseointegration. The length of time for this waiting period varies with the quality of bone that is present where the implants were placed.

  • 4. Is there any pain when the implants are surgically placed?

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    There should be no pain when the implants are placed. In most cases, a local anesthetic (like novocaine) is all that is needed.

  • 5. Is there any pain after the anesthetic has worn off?

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    Patients have feeling which ranges from discomfort to pain. The variation depends on the number of implants placed, their location as well as a patient's tolerance for pain.

  • 6. If I wore a full or partial denture before the implant surgery,
       can I wear it afterwards?

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    Post-surgical swelling may interfere with wearing a full or partial denture immediately after the surgery or until after the swelling has gone done. Each case varies and therefore, this should be discussed with your implant surgeon.

  • 7. Once I have implants placed and built upon, do I have to clean around them?

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    Yes! If you don't clean around the implants, they can get gum disease. Gum disease can lead to the failure of the implants if it is not treated before too much bone has been destroyed.

  • 8. If an implant or implants fail, can additional implants be placed?

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    When implants fail, there will be some bone loss which accompanies the loss of the implant or implants. If there is still adequate bone left, additional implants can be done. However, there are cases where additional implants can't be done after previously placed implants have failed due to the fact that there is not enough bone present anywhere which would allow for more implants.

  • 9. How do you know how many implants you need?

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    Each case varies regarding how many implants are needed for the demands of replacing the missing teeth. If the implant surgeon is limited regarding the length of implants that can be placed, more implants will be needed. The length if the implants is determined by how much bone you have present. A good consideration is to have enough implants built upon that if one implant fails, there are enough implants left which will prevent the failure of your whole implant reconstruction. "An implant failure should not mean a case failure".

  • 10. How will I clean around the implants?

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    The cleaning demands vary depending on the type of implant reconstruction that you had. You definitely need to clean daily around the implants. Brushing with a toothbrush, as as well as flossing are important. There may be the need for a prescription mouthrinse (chlorhexidine) which can further help you keep your implants healthy. Electric toothbrushes can also be helpful for cleaning around implants. Other cleaning aids may be recommended where the specific needs of your case require them.

  • 11. Do I need to have a professional cleaning by the dentist or hygienist?

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    Yes. It is important to not only have a professional cleaning done around the implants, but you also should have periodic implant check-ups with your implant surgeon regarding the health of the implants.

* The above questions and answers are to serve as a guide for furthering your discussion with your implant surgeon. Cases do vary and only your implant surgeon can properly and accurately discuss the considerations of your specific case.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth you may forget you ever lost a tooth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat in comfort and smile with confidence and speak clearly. Their teeth appear natural and the facial contours are preserved. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
 
Implants Are Like Teeth
Your natural teeth are stable biting and chewing surfaces because they are supported by your jawbone. This will also be true of your dental implant. Successful dental implants become firmly embedded in the jaw, providing a chewing surface almost as secure as that of natural teeth.
 
Roots Hold Crowns
The crowns of your natural teeth are held in place by roots. Roots not only secure your crowns, they also help keep your jaws healthy by stimulating the growth of new bone. This provides good support for your teeth.
 
Implants Host a Prosthesis
The prosthesis is held in place by implants which are usually made of titanium. Since this metal is well accepted by the body, titanium implants rarely cause reactions. Like the roots of natural teeth, implants also stimulate new bone growth in your jaw and prevent disuse atrophy due to tooth.
 
Implants Have Different Shapes
An implant may be threaded like a screw or may be cylindrical in shape with a slightly rough or textured surface. Implants often have small holes at their lower ends. Over time, bone grows into these surface irregularities and locks the implant into place.
 
Are Implants For You?
Dental implants can improve the quality of life for many people, but they aren't for everyone. Use the checklist below to help determine how you feel about your oral health. The more lines you check, the more likely dental implants will be a good choice for you.
 
How Your Mouth Feels
Do complete or partial dentures cause discomfort when you eat?
Do you wear a denture that slips or fits badly?
Are the teeth holding your bridge loosening or moving?
 
How You Feel About Your Teeth
Are you embarrassed about missing teeth or dentures when you smile or laugh?
If you have a complete or partial denture, do you sometimes carry it in your pocket or leave it at home?
 
You Commitment to Dental Implants
Can you wait three to nine months for the entire implant process to be completed?
Are you willing to spend time caring for your dental implants?
Will you follow up with regular periodontal checkups?
Once your dental implant and the prosthesis are in place, you can chew in comfort and smile with confidence again. Your new teeth can serve you well for many years if you keep your mouth healthy and take good care of your implants. This means taking the time to clean all your teeth regularly and keeping appointments with us for supprotive therapy and supervision.
Brushing Your Teeth
Brush your teeth, prosthesis, and abutments after every meal and at bedtime. You can keep your whole mouth healthier by brushing your gumline, especially around the abutments.

Fixed Prosthesis
Brush your fixed prosthesis as thoroughly as you would brush your teeth. Be sure to brush the back of the prosthesis and the abutments.

Removable Prosthesis
Remove your prosthesis and brush it both inside and out. Brush your gums and abutments while the prosthesis is removed.
 
Flossing Your Teeth
With dental implants, flossing is needed to clean areas your toothbrush can't reach. Floss between your teeth and behind your prosthesis at least once a day. For best results, floss up and down along the length of the abutment.

Fixed Prosthesis
Floss the abutments from the front, sides, and back.

Removable Prosthesis
Floss around the abutments while the prosthesis is out of your mouth.

Your dental implant prosthesis can create many hard-to-reach surfaces in your mouth. Try an interdental brush, or a rotary toothbrush to make cleaning easier. Our dental hygienists and level II dental assistants can show you the right way to use each of these cleaning aids.
 
Ongoing Dental Care
Your restorative dentist should check your prosthesis once or twice a year and make any needed repairs. At least once a year I, as your surgical specialist must assess the stability of your implants and the health of your jaws and gums. The hygiensts must continue to scale and root plane the teeth and remove plaque from the abutments on a frequency schedule recommended specifically for you based on your particular situation.


 
 
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