1.- How long does implants last?
Implants can last as long as natural teeth, as long as the patient has a good oral hygiene and has his periodical dental appointments for prophylaxis and check-ups
2.- Does implant surgery is painful?
Implant surgery is like any other dental surgery, usually it is less painful than a impacted tooth removal, patients have very good post-operatory experience following the post-operatopty recomendations and with regular painkillers.
3.- Which kind of anesthetic do you use for implant surgery?
We use local anesthetic, for extensive surgery we highly recommend conscious sedation that is preformed by a anesthesiologist (MD) in the dental office.
4.- What materials are implants made of?
Implants can be made out of titanium that are the most common ones and have a long tracking history.
There are Zirconia implants, we have had good experience with them but we prefer titanium ones because of the long clinical trails they have.
5.- Do you place zirconium implants?
6.- How do I know if I´m candidate for implants placement?
Patients with no serious systemic diseases can always be a candidate for implants, even if there is not enough bone now days we can create that bone for them.
7.- How do I know if I´m candidate for immediate implants load?
This needs to be determined on each case in particular, it depends on the number of implants we are placing, the type of bone the patient has, if the patient has parafunctional habits (clencher), etc.
8.- How many trips do I need for implants?
Usually 2 trips are needed for this type of procedure, if there is extensive grafting involved it could take 3 trips.
9.- Can my body reject a dental implant?
Implants have a success rate of 98 in mandible and 96 in maxilla, it is a very high success rate but there is that little percentage that do not integrate.
10.- How and why is bone lost?
Bone is usually lost due to periodontal disease (gum disease), of if a tooth is lost that bone where the tooth used to be starts reabsorbing too. The longer time passes the more bone the patient looses.