Implants may be used to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth. They may be used as part of a bridge and may also be used to anchor/stabilize dentures.
Dental implants are made out of surgical-grade titanium and are implanted into the jaw bone by a dental surgeon. Implants are "osseointegrated," meaning the bone adheres to them, making them extremely stable. A dental implant imitates the root portion of a natural tooth and maintains itself to hold its place in the jaw.
The dental implant procedure is a team effort involving a periodontist and/or oral surgeon and Dr. Hoang. The surgeon will place the actual dental implant and monitor it until it is ready to be restored by Dr. Hoang.
A: Surgical placement takes about one (1) hour. The healing time is typically three to four (3-4) months from placement to restoration.
Q: Do they hurt?
A: typically, implant placement feels like small vibrations in your mouth. Some patients can be under local anesthesia but most patients will be more comfortable with sedation.
Q: How reliable are implants?
A: Implants are meant to be a permanent means of tooth replacement. With proper care and maintenance they can last many many years.
Q: Why should I get an implant as opposed to a bridge to replace a missing tooth?
A: An implant solely depends on itself and not other teeth. If something goes wrong with an implant, you treat it accordingly. Dental implants do not sacrifice the quality of your adjacent teeth because neighboring teeth are not altered, nor do they support the implant. If something goes wrong with a bridge, you might have to redo the whole bridge. Also, an implant will help maintain your bone in that area where a bridge will not.
Q: Am I a candidate for an implant?
A: The ideal candidate for an implant is in good general and oral health. Adequate bone and healthy gum tissue is needed to support the implant.
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