QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

How successful are Dental Implants?

Dental implants have a success rate of 97% over a period of 10 years. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. You must make sure you follow through with your annual visits either in your country or at the clinic that layed your implants.

 How long have implants existed?

Implants are not new to the dental field. Prof. Bränemark started his research in the early 50′s and has revolutionized implants as we know them today. Prof. Bränemark placed his first osseointegrated implant in a patient in 1965, after many years of preclinical studies.

How safe are dental implants?

Extensive clinical studies show positive long-term results, the implants used have a unique design and the surface gives superior strength and ensures teeth stay securely in place. The threads on the fixture anchor the implant and preserve the bone. This maintains the soft tissue contour which is important for a natural look.

Do I have to stop smoking?

It is highly recommended to stop smoking. Smoking affects the healing process and may reduce the long-term prognosis.

Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Anyone who is missing one or more of their teeth due to injury, disease, or decay may be a candidate for dental implants. If one, a few or all teeth are missing, dental implants in conjunction with a crown or bridge can replace those teeth. Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent them from enjoying the benefits that dental implants offer. However, health is more of a determining factor than age. There are no relative health contraindications to dental implants. Patients should have healthy gums, enough bone to hold the implant and be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. In most cases, anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered for an implant procedure. Heavy smokers, people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, or patients who have had radiation therapy to the head/neck area need to be evaluated on an individual basis. If you are considering implants, talk to us to see if they are right for you.

How long do I have to be off work?

Youdentalimplant advices you not to go back to work until the following week after surgery.

How do I take care of my new teeth?

Thorough daily brushing and flossing is essential to ensure a long-lasting result. Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you the proper way to take care of your new teeth.

How long does the treatment last?

More than one implant can be placed in one session. The surgery in itself can last between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of implants and if there is a need for a bone graft. Healing will take between 2 and 6 months depending on the quality of the bone. Follow-up visits will be required during the healing period, usually every 6 weeks. The prosthetic works can be very quick (2 to 3 sessions for a single crown) but, it will take more sessions (6 to 10 sessions over a period of 6 months) for a complete reconstruction. During the treatment phases, the patient will wear a temporary prosthesis if needed.

Does it hurt?

The surgery is under local anaesthesia, the patient will not feel anything.

How long will my new teeth last?

With proper care and cleaning, your implants can last a lifetime. Like natural teeth, over time, the crowns could become worn or damaged.

 Can I eat whatever I like?

Yes, there is no difference between natural and implant supported teeth in what you can eat. If you have experienced problems before, you will be pleasantly surprised at the positive change that has taken place.

Will I ever be without my teeth?

Even if this depends on your situation, most patients can wear temporary or definitive prosthesis right after the surgery. If your treatment involves immediate loading implant, your prosthetic will be fixed to the implants. If your case needs a delayed implant loading, the temporary prosthetic will be removable and not implant supported.

Can any problems occur?

A few people can have initial problems speaking clearly after receiving an implant-supported bridge or denture. Usually, this adjustment phase lasts only a few days before normal speaking returns. This occurs much less frequently than with a conventional bridge or denture.

Does the implant treatment hurt?

As the implants are layed under local anesthesia, you will not feel any pain during the surgery. The treated area may be swollen for a few days afterwards, which could be slightly painful. In most cases, an ordinary painkiller is all you may need.

How much does it cost?

Having an implant treatment is an investment in your future and quality of life. To have new teeth that feel like your own is a highly valued experience. It’s a great and affordable treatment that will save you from other dental expenses in the future. The extent of your treatment will determine your cost, which is discussed during your consultation. Thanks to Youdentalimplant clinic network the costs are 30 to 50% less.

Can I keep my other teeth?

Yes, of course! You don’t have to sacrifice healthy teeth to restore missing ones. Unlike conventional bridges or partial dentures, no adjacent teeth are affected or needed for support.

Does my age matter?

Your age is normally not relevant – more important is your health. But if you are under eighteen,you must be examined to make sure you have finished growing before you can undergo implant treatment.      

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