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Dental Implant FAQ

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a state-of-the-art tooth replacement option that also replaces your roots, giving you the strength, stability, and bone stimulation that you would enjoy with natural, healthy teeth. The implants prevent bone loss and help to restore your youthful appearance, giving you added confidence.

Are Implants safe?

Implants have been successfully placed in over 95% of patients between 18 and 90 years, who have lost one, several, or even all their teeth.

What are the advantages of implants over other tooth replacement options?

  • Implants integrate with the jawbone, which helps to prevent bone loss and stop adjacent teeth from shifting.
  • This in turn prevents jaw pain and popping, TMJ disorder, and migraines.
  • The stabilized soft and hard tissue also reduces the risk of the formation of gum pockets that trap bacteria and cause periodontal disease.
  • They reduce the risk of gum disease associated with other solutions that create hidden spots between your teeth where bacteria can hide.
  • Most people who get implants report better sleep at night  
  • Dental implants don’t require any special care when cleaning your teeth and mouth.
  • Implants are a hygienic option that will save you a lot of expense over time, both in cumulative dental expenses and enjoyment of life.
  • Eat and speak well. Implants function like your natural teeth, giving you the ability to chew and eat anything you want, with no embarrassing moments when in the company of your family and friends.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

If you want to restore the proper health and function of your mouth, get rid of ill-fitting dentures, or avoid treatments that affect the structure of healthy teeth (like bridges), dental implants are a great option. Most adults are good candidates of this treatment. But if you have already experienced too much bone loss, Dr. Andrew Sand may recommend bone-augmentation to rebuild the lost bone tissue before proceeding with the procedure.

What would disqualify me from getting implants?

There are very few medical or dental conditions that could prevent a successful dental implant placement. For patients with severe bone tissue loss, we may recommend bone grafting to ensure that you have sufficient bone tissue to integrate with the titanium implant, and subsequently provide strong support for your replacement teeth. If you have a medical condition or taking medications that may affect bone healing, we will discuss your case during the consultation.

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