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FAQ

What is the life span of a dental implant?

Dental implant, if maintained properly can last a lifetime and doesn’t require replacement. This is in contrast to a bridge, removable partial denture or a complete denture, which usually on average lasts for fifteen to twenty years. The long-term success of the dental implant depends on bone quality, health of the implant recipient, home care, and frequency of professional care.

Are dental implants right for me?

Why go with a dental implant?

TReplacing a missing tooth with an implant provides superior function, stability and esthetics. A dental implant is the standard of care for replacing missing tooth or teeth and is the best alternative in the wide range of treatment options

What materials are dental implants made out of?

Dental implants are usually made from pure titanium. Titanium has been found to be biocompatible, meaning that our bone will fuse with the implant. There are some dental implants made out of titanium alloys. These are also biocompatible, however they provide more tensile strength and fracture resistance. This alloy composition will allow the implant to withstand more biting pressure. The alloy is made up of titanium, 6% Aluminum and 4% Vanadium alloy

Are there any allergies to titanium?

Allergies to titanium are very rare but tend to occur with other metal allergies. About 4 percent of all patients tested will have a positive reaction. Contact an allergist for testing if you have had a reaction to other metals. Studies have shown that titanium alloy contains traces of nickel as a result of the production process. This may lead to a reaction to nickel that is falsely attributed to titanium

How much discomfort should I expect to be in during and after the placement of thedental implant?

Discomfort usually is very minimal. The entire procedure is completed under local anesthesia. Post-operatively common anti-inflammatory agents are sufficient to control any discomfort

Are the implant supported crowns and dentures removable?

Implant crowns are attached permanently and can only be removed by a professional. Implant supported dentures can be removed for cleaning of the implants and the denture. This will ensure long-term health of the dental implant. of the production process. This may lead to a reaction to nickel that is falsely attributed to titanium

Are there any complications associated with placement of dental implants?

Complications do exist but are not very common. Dental implants can fail to integrate with the bone and come out. They can fracture or break. There can be problems with the connection between the implant and the final crown. Infection or an inflammatory condition in the soft tissue or bone is possible as a result of the implant placement. All of these complications are rare and usually account for less than 5% of all dental implant procedures. These complications can usually be easily corrected.

Are the implant supported crowns and dentures removableHow long after the dental implant or implants are placed before they can be used to support a crown, dental bridge or denture?

Protocol that was originally developed clearly states that we must wait at least three months in the lower jaw and four to six months in the upper jaw before we can begin to construct the new dental prosthesis that will be supported by the implants. In selected cases where esthetic appearance is a concern, a temporary crown can be placed on the day of implant placement surgery.

Which teeth can be replaced by dental implants?

Dental implants can replace any missing teeth in the mouth. The type of implant used by the dentist will depend on the location of the missing tooth or teeth and the type and amount of bone available

Will I ever have the need to get any of my permanent teeth removed while getting my braces fixed?

If the teeth are crowded, and they are forwardly placed, sometimes removing teeth is an excellent choice for a patient. Typically, most orthodontists choose to extract two upper back teeth (premolars) and two lower back teeth (premolars) to accomplish the goals of treatment. Alternative extraction approaches may be indicated depending on the nature of the case.

Is it mandatory to get braces fixed from an orthodontist?

Orthodontic specialists limit their practice to orthodontic treatment only. They have learned the special skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development by completing an advanced training program after receiving a dental degree. They use the most advanced techniques available today, and because of their extensive knowledge, they can select cost-effective methods and materials for correcting individual problems

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it must be slightly deformed to fit teeth that are not yet straight and therefore it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions. After the teeth line up and the wires fit into the brackets more passively, the wires then serve as a track along which the teeth are movedBraces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it must be slightly deformed to fit teeth that are not yet straight and therefore it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions . After the teeth line up and the wires fit into the brackets more passively, the wires then serve as a track along which the teeth are movedBraces use steady gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. The brackets that are placed on your teeth and the archwire that connects them are the main components. When the archwire is placed into the brackets, it must be slightly deformed to fit teeth that are not yet straight and therefore it tries to return to its original shape. As it does so, it applies pressure to move your teeth to their new, more ideal positions. After the teeth line up and the wires fit into the brackets more passively, the wires then serve as a track along which the teeth are moved

Will orthodontics change my lifestyle?

You'll have to give up extremely hard, sticky, and high sugar foods. These foods can get caught on the braces, bend wires, loosen cement and pull the braces off and/or cause cavities and permanent white marks. Soft foods or foods cut into small pieces are much better. You'll have to spend a few extra minutes cleaning your braces after meals

What is Clear aligner / Invisible Braces ?

An aligner is an invisible removable custom made series of clear plastic trays that fits over your teeth and corrects their malpositioning. Each aligner moves teeth a little bit by exerting pressure on them. The number of trays required depends upon severity of situation. It's an adult orthodontic treatment hence there is no upper age limit, the minimum age limit is 14 years, but you need to ask your dentist for suitability.

What are lingual braces?

Lingual braces are invisible to the outside world. They are applied behind the teeth. Only you know that you are wearing braces. There are several variations of the technique, but all lingual braces are customized to the patient's individual teeth for comfort and efficiency. Each manufacturer claims that they are superior, but all lingual braces in an experienced doctor's hands work wonderfully well.

What is a retainer?

A retainer is a simple, removable device that is fitted to your teeth to hold them in their corrected position after the orthodontist removes the fixed (bonded) braces.