FAQ about Implantology
What is an implant?
An implant is made by a biocompatible titanium alloy which is surgically inserted by the periodontist in the alveolar bone to replace the root of a missing tooth. On top of the implant the dentist or prosthodontist places a ceramic based crown to replace the missing tooth.
What are the indications and contraindications for restoring missing teeth with implants?
Restoring missing teeth with implants depends on many factors, such as the available bone, the occlusion, the presence of systemic diseases, and many others. For adults, age is not considered a contraindication unless other factors are present. Contraindications may be cases of heavy smokers, alcohol abuse, patients with untreated periodontal disease (periodontics), patients with a history of radiation in the head and neck area, patients with uncontrolled diabetes, patients who take bisphosphonates, patients with osteoporosis, or patients with bruxism.
What are the advantages of an implant over a bridge or denture?
Implants reduce the load on the remaining oral structures/teeth by offering independent support and retention to crowns, bridgework and overdentures.
Implants preserve natural tooth tissue by avoiding the need to cut down adjacent teeth for conventional bridgework.
Implants will preserve bone and significantly reduce bone resorption and deterioration that results in loss of jawbone height.
Implants have been shown to reduce the need for subsequent restorative intervention of adjacent teeth.
Long-term data on implants suggest that implants last for a much longer time than conventional restorations on teeth.
Implant overdentures may allow you to chew your food better and speak more clearly. Many studies have shown that overdentures contribute to improved chewing efficiency and speaking, compared to full dentures.
Overdentures will help control/improve facial contours that result in minimizing premature wrinkles.
Finally, with implants, dentures are avoided, especially in young ages, where esthetics is very important.
What is the success rate for implants?
Considering that implants are placed by trained professionals under the correct conditions, and the ongoing manufacturing and clinical advancements, implants have an average success rate of 95%, reaching 99%.
How long do implants last?
Numerous long-term clinical studies have shown that implants is a viable solution that may last more than 30 years. The success rate of your implants will depend on factors such as the presence of systemic diseases, smoking and oral hygiene habits. With the correct treatment planning and the collaboration between your periodontist and your dentist or prosthodontist the highest success rate can be achieved.
Is there an age limit for having implants?
For adults, age is not considered a contraindication unless other factors are present. Implants are contraindicated in underaged patients where the skeletal development has not been completed yet.
Can healing time be determined prior the implant placement?
After a detailed clinical and radiographic evaluation, healing time can accurately be determined by the periodontist with 90% certainty.