It is very important to replace missing teeth. At Advanced Aesthetics Dentistry in Schenectady, Dr. Roy Oyangen provides superior restorative dental care, including dental implants. Dr. Oyangen is Lighting Your Way To A Healthy & Beautiful Smile!
1.) What Is A Dental Implant?
Dental Implants are specially designed titanium screws that can support a Crown, a Fixed Bridge or hold a Denture in place. Titanium is a strong and lightweight material that is usually not rejected by the human body. We currently use quality Nobel Biocare and Straumann Brand Implants.
2.) Why Do We Need To Replace Missing Teeth?
Yes, we should replace teeth. Our teeth are an important part of our digestive system as they are needed for chewing food. They play a role during speech. It is also an important part of our appearance. If you do not replace missing teeth, your jaw bone will atrophy and start shrinking. Do you want to look like this?
3.) What Are The Advantages Of Implants Over Conventional Tooth Replacements?
Conventional methods used to replace teeth include Bridges and Dentures.
Bridges usually involve placing a fake tooth or Pontic between or at the end of your existing teeth. This may involve trimming healthy teeth to act as posts to support the Bridge. Trimming these live teeth may shorten the life of that tooth.
Dentures are teeth attached to a plastic or metal plate. They can often be cumbersome as they should be removed every day for cleaning. Your jaw bone will eventually shrink and the denture will become loose and then they need to be replaced.
Though Bridges and Dentures can be a satisfactory option; Implants offer more stability and comfort. Implants are a preferred way to replace a missing tooth. They allow us to eat just about anything. they are permanent solution. When we use an implant, we do not have to damage our own natural healthy teeth to support a bridge or denture. Implants slow down the shrinkage of our jaw bone which occurs as a result of tooth loss. Dr. Oyangen will evaluate your case. You will discuss your options and then proceed after all your questions are answered and you are comfortable with your decision.
4.) Are Implants Dangerous To Your Health?
No, they are safe! The primary material used in Implants is Titanium which is almost never rejected by the body. It is not medically known to have caused any life-threatening disease.
5.) What Is The Success Rate?
Though no one can ever guarantee success, this procedure has been used for over 50 years and are successful, 90% – 95% of the time. There will be a need for minor servicing from time to time even in successful cases; implants need to be cleaned routinely, just like your natural teeth. They are NOT a solution for tobacco users, since the film left by the tobacco prevents the implant from bonding with the jaw bone.
6.) What Are Known Complications?
As with all surgical procedures there are reported complications. In Implant dentistry, failures are mainly related to their lack of integration with the jaw bone. The incidence of this complication is very small and with careful pre-operative cleaning, the risks are reduced to almost nothing.
We take great care in assessing every case very carefully and discussing the different options, the likelihood of success and all health risks.
Sometimes the implant fails to integrate with the jaw bone. This may be caused by soft bone or the presence of a pre-existing infection which does not allow the bone to attach to the Dental Implant. Often, the site can be sterilized and left to heal for a few months; then the implant may be re-inserted.
7.) What Is The Actual Procedure?
We need to surgically place the implant within the jaw bone and allow the body to heal naturally. After about 3 – 6 months, the implants should have integrated with the bone and be strong enough to support the load of chewing. During the healing period, you will be provided with temporary “teeth” to allow you to live life normally while the bone bonds with the implant. After the Implant has integrated with the bone; we will place an Abutment to the top of the Implant and attach a crown to the Abutment.
8.) How Is Bone Grafting Associated With Implants?
To successful place an implant; there has to be enough dense bone to hold it. This is not always the case. If a patient is lacking enough quality bone, it is usually related to local factors such as how healthy are your gums, do you smoke or floss regularly.
We used to think that in areas where we did not have enough bone; it was not possible to place implants. That is no longer the case, we can now perform procedures to increase the amount of bone. We can use either endogenous bone (i.e. belonging to the patient), some artificial substitutes or a combination of both. These grafting techniques are simple and are often carried out at the time the implant is placed.
9.) How Long Does The Procedure Take?
The time needed for the first visit depends largely on the complexity but can range from one to two hours per implant. For most common cases, in the second visit we will remove a healing cap that protected the implant during integration with your jaw bone. Then place an Abutment to the exposed Implant. Once the Abutment is in place, we can attach a cap or ceramic crown made by BonaDent. The dentist will advise you of the schedule for the different visits.
10.) What Should I Expect During Surgery?
The procedure is normally performed using just Novocain, a local anesthetic. For patients who are anxious, oral conscious sedation or Nitrous gas are available. Using these options, any discomfort is practically eliminated.
After the surgery, you may become uncomfortable, have swelling or bruising but with the appropriate post-op instruction it is typically manageable.
11.) Are they Expensive?
As materials and techniques used are fairly sophisticated, there is a cost associated with getting an implant. However, they will improve your quality of life. Our patients say, they should have done this a long time ago.
12.) Is There An Age Limit To Receiving Implants?
You can be too young for implants but for adults, age is usually not a barrier. The state of your health is an important criteria and Dr. Oyangen can determine if you are a candidate for implants.
The shape of your mouth will change if you are missing teeth. When you are missing teeth, it is a lot harder to chew and bite. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, they will last a lifetime!
We welcome you to contact Advanced Aesthetics Dentistry today to learn more about dental implants and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Roy Oyangen.