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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Dental Implants and Implant Dentistry

By Dennis Sternberg on March 31, 2009

 

Dental implants are often the cure that is used to solve the problem of missing teeth, and in this article we will answer frequently asked questions about the procedures involved with these implants.

Q: What is a dental implant?

A: A dental implant is a metal screw that is made of titanium and placed directly into the jaw bone. It is used as an anchor for a dental crown or for a larger dental restoration. Basically, it allows for a new replacement tooth to be placed into the mouth when there is a lost tooth or when a few teeth are removed.

Q: Can anyone get dental implants?

A: Anyone who needs to have a tooth replaced, and who is in good health, can become a candidate for dental implants. Usually only those who are dealing with a lost tooth or a few lost teeth are the ones who go to their dentist asking if they can have dental implants, as there is usually no reason for someone with healthy teeth to need them.

Q: How successful are dental implants?

A: In the majority of cases, dental implants have a 95% success rate.

Q: Are there any complications to worry about?

A: If you've got a talented dentist who is experienced in placing dental implants, there is very little to fear. There are some situations in which complications can occur, however, and it is good that patients understand the risks. Occasionally, dental implants can fail to integrate into the bone and have to be removed, and sometimes there can be an infection that can occur during the procedure. Usually these complications, however, account for less than 5% of all dental implants that are placed.

Q: Is it painful to have dental implants put in?

A: The procedure is done under anesthesia and isn't painful. There can, however, be some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, and swelling and bruising may occur. There should not be any prolonged pain, and if there is, the patient should speak with their dentist as soon as possible to ensure that an infection has not developed.

Q: Is it expensive to get dental implants?

A: Quite often, insurance will kick in a certain amount for dental implants, but for those who do not have insurance, dentists are now making procedures such as getting dental implants much more affordable than ever before.� This can be a great solution for a lost tooth or teeth that have gone missing.

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