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- What are Dental Implants?
- How old is Dental Implantology?
- How do the dental profession and insurance companies regard implants?
- What are the advantages of dental implants?
- Are there patients who should not have dental implants?
- Will implants function as well as my original teeth?
- Is special care needed for implants?
- How long will my implants last?
What are dental implants?
Implants are devices for fixing replacement teeth firmly to the oral tissues (bone and gum).
How old is dental Implantology?
Dental implantology goes back to the early Egyptians. Modern oral implantology dates back about 35 years. The newest bone integrated implants have a success rate of over 98%.
How do the dental profession and insurance companies regard implants?
Dental implants have achieved wide acceptance. People are seeking alternatives to removable teeth, missing teeth or drilling healthy teeth to replace lost teeth. The American Dental Association has endorsed dental implants. Long term studies have been conducted by numerous implant academies. Some states make it mandatory for patients’ treatment plans to include the option of dental implants.
The A.D.A. now has an insurance code for dental implants and some insurance companies may now reimburse for implants and/or the related procedures and prosthesis based on group enrollment. All of this means implants WORK.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental Implants can offer solutions for:
Are there patients who should not have dental implants?
Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo normal dental treatment can have dental implants. Age by itself is not a deterring factor. General health conditions and the structured of the mouth can preclude the use of implants therefore an individual evaluation is necessary .
Will implants function as well as my original teeth?
Nothing is as good as the original. Implants are better then removable teeth or living with missing teeth. Most patients are not even aware that they are functioning with implants.
Is special care needed for implants?
Dental Implants and the prosthesis placed over them should be cared for as you would your natural teeth. Implants can fail for the same lack of proper oral hygiene that can destroy natural teeth. You need regular dental check-ups and cleanings on a basis that your dentist will determine (usually a minimum of every 6 months). You will be shown proper oral care that needs to be practiced and maintained.
How long will my implants last?
Implants have been in patients’ mouths for more than 25 years. The question of longevity must be put in perspective for each patient. General health, oral health, and hygiene can all effect the long term prognosis. Your dentist will discuss your case and what can be expected.