|How successful are Dental Implants?
Over thirty years of clinical
documentation has proven the success of cylindrical implant system, with over 30 million patients treated. Cylindrical
type implant system continue to lead
the world in dental implant treatment with one of the highest success rates in dentistry.
Are dental implants always successful?
There is a small possibility
that the dental implant and bone will not integrate correctly or that an implant will fail after
some period of time. If this happens, the implant can be removed and often replaced by
Will my new tooth or teeth look
Depending upon your condition,
your new tooth or teeth will ideally look, feel and function like your own. Dental
implants currently provide some of the finest restorative results in dentistry.
How long will my implant last?
The first cylindrical
type of dental implants were put in place 30 years ago and are still functioning perfectly. To
date, there is no time limit on the life expectancy of successful cylindrical implant systems.
How long does the implant procedure
The first procedure, placement
of the implants, takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes for each implant. It may take longer if an immediate implant is performed at the same time as the tooth extraction.
Is the procedure painful?
If you are like most patients,
you will experience no major discomfort during or after the operation. You and your doctor
will discuss options for anesthesia and plan your procedure accordingly. In general,
however it is done with local anesthesia (xylocaine or "novocaine")
Will there be any swelling after
the implant procedure?
This too can vary, but most
people experience only minimal swelling. If that does occur usually resolves within one or
two days after the procedure.
How long will it take before I
receive my replacement tooth or teeth?
The dental implants are usually be left undisturbed in the jaw
for 3 to 4 months for osseointegration to take place. Then the new tooth or teeth can be
attached to the implants. Some of the newer systems, however, allow the implants to be
used in only TWO months- see Dr. Mao for more information on this special type of dental implant.
How will the teeth be attached to
the dental implant and what are the steps?
After osseointegration has occurred, a minor procedure
is performed to expose the top of the dental implant and attach a small post or abutment. Then a new tooth
or crown is custom designed to fit precisely on top of this abutment (see video)
Will I be able to chew on the
implant teeth with the same amount of force and pressure as I do with my natural teeth?
Yes. Studies have shown that chewing efficiency
improves significantly after treatment with cylindrical implant systems and, following a brief adaptation period, is
comparable to the chewing efficiency of natural teeth.
How much will implant treatment
The actual cost of the procedure will
depend on the number of implants necessary, the position of implant placement and the type
of replacement teeth that will best meet your needs. All in all, dental implants represent
a wise investment in overall health and well-being and provide you with substantial
long-term benefits. Dr. Mao will be glad to discuss the costs with you. Call him or e-mail
him with your individual situation.