As dental implants become very popular in aesthetic dentistry, there are many questions about them. We ask the questions, and professional implantologist Dr Valdas Labanauskas provides the answers. Want to learn more? visit us.
What are dental implants?
Implants are devices that replace the roots of missing teeth, and are used to support crowns, bridges or dentures. Implants are placed in your jawbone surgically. Most of the time, implants feel more natural and secure than other methods of replacing missing teeth, such as dentures.
Why might you need one?
Bone loss, gum disease, an infection can make teeth get looser. In later life, the primary reason is bone loss.
Is the implantation procedure painful?
Since dental implants are usually inserted under local anesthesia, you should not feel anything during the procedure. If you do feel any discomfort after implant placement, your doctor can provide you with solutions.
Do dental implants ever fail?
Dental implant treatment is one of the most successful procedures in the medical/dental field, with documented success rates over 95%. Although successful treatment is very predictable, there are rare occasions where the bone does not completely bond to the implants. When this occurs, new implants are placed. Smoking or putting too much pressure on newly placed implants, as with excessive grinding of the teeth, can cause problems with the bone bonding to the implants, and should be avoided.
How long does it take?
To complete treatment can take from 4 to 6 months and in some cases, longer. It should be understood that this procedure is advanced and can be a longer process than usual to assure it’s success.