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  • Do I have enough bone for my implant?
    When considering dental implants, it's crucial to ensure sufficient bone structure for stability. Implants typically require adequate bone coverage, with sizes ranging from 2mm to 6mm in diameter and a minimum depth of around 3mm. If a tooth is missing in the implant area, there may be some bone loss, prompting a thorough evaluation before implant placement. However, if a tooth remains, it indicates the presence of enough bone to support the implant, as it previously supported the natural tooth. For molars or areas with larger gaps, bone augmentation might be necessary to establish a sturdy foundation. We recommend scheduling a consultation for a detailed assessment of bone density and a personalized treatment plan tailored to individual needs.
  • Can my implant fail?
    Even the most skilled surgeon may encounter implant failure, which can manifest as pain, pus around the area, looseness, or even complete dislodgement from the mouth. One common cause of failure is bacterial colonization of the implant surface from the oral environment. Although the implant starts sterile, once placed in the mouth, it becomes exposed to bacteria, hindering proper healing. Moreover, maintaining cleanliness around and above the implant site is crucial for successful integration. Just as a wound cannot heal if constantly exposed to dirt, the implant area requires a clean environment to heal effectively. Additionally, smoking significantly increases the likelihood of implant failure. If an implant manages to withstand the effects of smoking, it's largely attributed to luck rather than resilience. It's akin to crossing a busy highway unscathed and concluding that it's safe to do so again – relying on luck rather than acknowledging the inherent risks.
  • Whats are all on 4 implant or a full arch implant bridge processes?
    The dental implant process typically involves several stages: initial examination, X-rays, diagnostic impressions, photos, consultation, and development of a treatment plan. An immediate denture may be created depending on the individual's needs. Tooth extractions are performed, and the immediate denture is delivered. Following extractions, a waiting period of 1-2 months is necessary for gum tissue healing over the extraction site. We recommend keeping the implant site covered with tissue to prevent food debris from accumulating, promoting better healing. This helps maintain a clean environment around the implant, reducing the risk of complications and supporting optimal healing outcomes. Dental implants are then placed, followed by a waiting period of approximately 6 months for the implants to adhere to the bone. Once the implants have integrated, impressions of the implant locations are taken. The denture is converted to an acrylic bridge in the lab, or a porcelain bridge is fabricated. A try-in of the final restoration (bridge) is conducted, with adjustments made if necessary, before final delivery. The final restoration is then delivered. It's important to note that if an implant is rejected at any point during the process, the timeline restarts from that point of failure. For instance, if an implant fails after 4 months, an additional 6-month waiting period is necessary before proceeding with the final restoration. These waiting periods are crucial to ensure proper bonding of the implants to the bone. ***** The entire healing process is profoundly influenced by the cleanliness of the oral environment. It's imperative to maintain optimal oral hygiene to ensure successful healing. This entails keeping the gums free from redness, minimizing plaque buildup, and eliminating calculus. Regular evaluation by your dentist is essential to monitor the oral environment and address any concerns promptly.
  • How many dental implants do I need?
    If you are missing only one tooth, you will typically require only one implant. For individuals missing more than one tooth but not the entire upper or lower set, the number of implants needed varies and requires a more personalized assessment. If you are missing all teeth in either the upper or lower arch, a minimum of four implants is generally necessary for stability and support. This analogy can be likened to the legs of a chair – while three legs are possible, four provide superior stability. Additional implants can be placed to distribute the load and reduce stress on each individual implant, although this may incur higher costs. For instance, employing eight implants allows for redundancy in case of rejection, ensuring adequate support for the final restoration, such as an implant bridge. It's important to adhere to a healing period of six months following the placement of the last implant before delivering the final restoration. While some clinics may offer immediate or three-month restorations, our experience suggests that the success rate tends to be lower with these expedited approaches.
  • How can I afford implants?
    When considering the affordability of dental implants, we understand that financial concerns can be significant. That's why we offer a range of patient finance options tailored to suit various budgets and needs. With financing options available for loans ranging from $1,000 to $30,000 or more specifically for implants, obtaining the necessary funds for treatment becomes more accessible. If you have reasonably good credit, you're likely to qualify for these financing solutions, enabling you to proceed with your implant treatment with confidence. Our goal is to make quality dental care, including life-changing procedures like dental implants, accessible to all our patients. Contact us to learn more about our financing options and how we can assist you in achieving your dental health goals.
  • Does a nicotine patch show up on a smoke standard smoking test for patient getting surgery?
    Nicotine patches typically do not show up on standard smoke tests for smokers. Smoke tests, often referred to as cotinine tests, detect the presence of cotinine, a metabolite of nicotine, in bodily fluids such as saliva, urine, or blood. Nicotine patches deliver nicotine into the bloodstream through the skin, but they do not produce the harmful byproducts of combustion that are detected in smoke tests. Therefore, while nicotine from the patch will enter the bloodstream and be metabolized into cotinine, it is unlikely to produce a positive result on a cotinine test designed to detect nicotine exposure through smoking. However, it's essential to note that some highly sensitive tests may detect trace amounts of nicotine or cotinine from nicotine replacement therapy products like patches. Therefore, if you are undergoing testing for specific purposes, such as employment or insurance requirements, it's best to inform the testing facility or organization about your nicotine patch use to ensure accurate interpretation of results.
  • What is dental implant success rate?
    Based on research, dental implants typically exhibit success rates ranging from 90% to 95% over a 5-year period, particularly in very ideal patient scenarios. However, demographic factors play a significant role in these outcomes. Among them, smoking and oral health maintenance emerge as crucial determinants. Smoking is consistently associated with increased rates of implant failure and complications like peri-implantitis. The adverse effects of smoking on oral tissues and bone density impede critical healing processes necessary for successful implant integration. Conversely, maintaining adequate oral hygiene and regular dental care is pivotal for implant success. Untreated gum disease can lead to peri-implant complications and implant failure. Patients with a history of periodontal disease may require heightened vigilance in oral hygiene practices to ensure implant longevity. While demographic variables such as age, gender, and systemic health conditions may influence outcomes to some extent, meticulous patient selection, thorough treatment planning, and adherence to established protocols remain paramount for optimizing implant success. Effective measures like smoking cessation programs and emphasizing oral hygiene maintenance are integral components of comprehensive implant care, enhancing success rates and long-term implant survival.
  • Which is better for me, a root canal treatment or get an dental implant?
    Determining whether root canal treatment or dental implants are better depends on various factors, including the specific circumstances of the patient, such as the condition of the affected tooth, overall oral health, patient preferences, and cost considerations. Both treatments have their advantages and drawbacks, and the decision should be made in consultation with a dentist or endodontist based on individual needs. Here's an overview of both options based on research: Root Canal Treatment: (Longer in chair appointment) Root canal treatment involves removing infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the root canals, and then sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Research supports the effectiveness of root canal treatment in saving natural teeth and preserving function. Success rates for root canals are generally high, with studies reporting success rates of over 90%. Advantages of root canal treatment include preserving the natural tooth structure, maintaining jawbone integrity, and often being less invasive and less expensive than dental implants. However, root canal treatment may require multiple appointments, and there is a risk of reinfection or complications over time, which may necessitate retreatment or eventual extraction. Dental Implants: (In chair appointment is quicker) Dental implants involve replacing a missing tooth by surgically inserting a titanium implant into the jawbone, which serves as an artificial tooth root. A prosthetic tooth (crown) is then attached to the implant. Research also supports the high success rates of dental implants, with reported success rates exceeding 95% over a 5 to 10-year period. Advantages of dental implants include providing a permanent solution for missing teeth, preventing bone loss in the jaw, and functioning and feeling like natural teeth. However, dental implants require oral surgery and a healing period before the final restoration can be placed. They are also generally more expensive than root canal treatment, and the procedure may not be suitable for everyone, particularly those with insufficient bone density or certain systemic health conditions. Ultimately, the choice between root canal treatment and dental implants depends on various factors, including the specific clinical situation, patient preferences, and the recommendations of a dental professional. Both options have high success rates and can provide effective solutions for restoring oral health and function.
  • What implants do we use at Dental Republic? Is this the right question to ask? the doctor?
    All dental implants placed in patients' mouths in the United States must be FDA-certified, ensuring they are considered safe for use by the FDA. Therefore, the brand of the implant does not significantly impact the success of the implant. Most dental implants cleared by the FDA through the 510(k) premarket notification process are made of biocompatible materials such as titanium or zirconia. While implant designs may vary in terms of shape, size, length, and thread design, the materials used for the implant body and abutment remain consistent across different brands. Research suggests that the design characteristics of dental implants, such as shape, size, length, and threads, have minimal to no effect on implant success rates. Ultimately, the success of a dental implant procedure depends on various factors, including patient health, smoking or not, adherence oral hygiene preoperatively and post operatively, adequate bone support, and proper surgical technique. We use various brands of FDA implants.
  • What our process for implant bridge or All on 4?
    Examination Xrays and Photos Make copy of your upper and lower arches (upper teeth / lower teeth) Make an immediate denture Extraction of teeth upper and lower Fit immediate denture (let heal for 2-3 week) Place implants Convert immediate denture to implant bridge chairside. Longest appointment.
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