At Sage Dental Care, we want you to feel completely confident about the treatment you choose. That’s why we want to answer all your questions and give you as much information as possible about dental implants. Here are just some common questions about this advanced restoration option. If you still have some questions, please feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. We gladly welcome the opportunity to help you make an informed decision about your treatment.
The number of dental implants you can have surgically placed depends on several factors. Some teeth have multiple roots and could require larger or more than one implant per tooth. Also, if you’re considering implant-retained dentures or bridges, you will likely need more than one dental implant to support the appliance. However, if you need to replace all your teeth, an All-on-4 solution may be your best choice. During your consultation, we will discuss your specific needs and create a personalized treatment plan that clearly delineates the number of dental implants you will need.
Absolutely! Years of clinical research has proven that dental implants are safe and successful as a restoration option. That’s because dental implants consist of a titanium material, which is biocompatible. This basically means that it doesn’t harm living tissue. In fact, the jaw bone and tissue grow around the surgically placed post, just like they would with a natural tooth.
Sometimes, whether you lost a tooth years ago or you had severe gum disease or you’re a smoker, the jaw bone can use some reinforcement before you get the implant. After all, you want to make sure that the placement procedure is a success and lasts a long time. In order to do this, you may need a bone graft. At your consultation with us, we will discuss the condition of your jaw bone and the potential need for a bone graft for your specific situation.
Getting dental implants can require some patience. After the post is surgically placed, your tissue and bone need time to heal. Over the period of a couple of months, your jaw bone and tissue grow to surround the post, integrating it into the structure of your mouth. If you require a bone graft, this process can be lengthen up to several months between the placement procedure and the time when we attach the abutment and crown (or bridge or denture). For a more accurate timeline for your treatment, schedule a consultation with us so that we can discuss your specific case.
In most instances, dental implants are a success. In fact, over 90 percent are still successful ten years after placement. However, some fail either in the short term or the long term. Short-term failure is often due to an existing infection in the bone or soft tissue, the implant being improperly placed, or the site not healing properly. Also, if you don’t maintain healthy oral practices, your dental implants may not last nearly as long as they could otherwise. At Sage Dental Care, we want to make sure that your dental implants will continue to be successful for years to come. That’s why we offer a consultation when we evaluate your candidacy for dental implants and make sure you’re fully prepared for implant placement.