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Dental Implants FAQs(Questions begin below the video)

Q: What are dental implants?

A: Simply put, dental implants are a way to replace the ROOT of a tooth, the part that is in the bone that you cannot see. The part of the tooth we see is called the crown, and like a house is built on a foundation, the crown of a tooth needs a root to be secure. If you are missing a tooth, an implant is placed into the bone as a foundation to build on.

Q: Are dental implants safe?

A: Dental implants are made of titanium, as are other medical devices such as artificial hips. Titanium has been used in medical devices for many years without problems. The safety record of dental implants is among the highest of any medical device.

Q: How long will they last?

A: Once implants integrate into your bone there is nothing to cause them to loosen. While nothing is 100% and forever, it is common to see implants that were placed 20 or more years ago.

Q: Can anyone have implants?

A: Basically, yes. There is no upper age limit for implants, as long as there is enough bone to put the implant into. Implants are a perfect solution for older adults, especially ones with loose and uncomfortable dentures.

Q: Are implants always used to replace missing teeth?

A: There are several ways to replace teeth besides implants. But implants have become the standard of care because they save having to grind down other, healthy teeth, and are the most stable form of replacement.

Q: Do implants hurt?

A: There is minimal discomfort with implants. Mini dental implants are placed without making an incision in the gum, so there is very little pain. Traditional implants are placed through an incision, requiring sutures, and are a bit more uncomfortable. But bone itself has no nerve endings, so what you feel is minimal.

Q: Can I have the new teeth right away?

A: That depends. Some implants can be used the day they are placed, while some take 2 to 3 months to heal, depending on what part of the mouth they are placed in and how strong the bone is. Either way you can at least have a temporary made while waiting for healing

Q: How long does the treatment take?

A: Implants are easily placed, and the average appointment lasts about an hour, including making the temporary cover.

Q: Are the teeth difficult to clean?

A: They are the same as natural teeth, and require proper brushing and flossing.

Q: If I had gum disease when I had my own teeth, will I get it with the teeth attached to the implants?

A: It is still possible to have problems with your gums after placing implants. Proper care of your teeth and gums, including implants, is important to maintain their health.

Q: Can I take the teeth out if they are fixed to implants?

A: There are a few ways to attach replacement teeth to implants. Some are permanent, some are removable, and some are a combination. Talk to us about what the different options are.

Q: Do the implants show?

A: The implants themselves are below the gum in bone. Once in a while a small part of the implant might show above the gum, but only in an area where it can't be seen.

Q: Do I have to have an implant for each missing tooth?

A: No. Depending on exactly how you replace your teeth determines how many implants are needed. For instance, a lower denture can be attached to just 4 implants, while 6 are generally needed on the top. For caps, more implants are required, but generally less than one per tooth.

Q: What happens if the implant does not bond (integrate) with the bone?

A: As with everything implants are not 100% successful. In the event that an implant does not integrate into the bone, we can clean the area well, add some artificial bone to strength the area, and place a new implant. Generally this results in a successful placement.

Q: Is the treatment expensive?

A: Implants used to cost twice what it did for a more traditional replacement. But through technological advances and modern materials they now cost the same, or sometimes less. They have become an affordable option for tooth replacement.

Q: What is mindfulness?

A: A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment and practicing attentive breathing, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. This therapeutic technique is utilized worldwide to reduce stress, worry and anxiety in all kinds of environments, and helps create an atmosphere of calm relaxation.

Q: How does mindfulness apply to Sedation Dentistry?

A: The benefits of it's application, as practiced by Dr. Krohn, helps him to be fully engaged and sensitive to your physical and mental concerns. Dr. Krohn exercises the highest levels of empathy and attentiveness in order to deliver the most personalized care possible. His aim is to ALWAYS put your concerns above all else.

Q: Is PRF more expensive than traditional bone grafting?

A: No. While PRF is a newer technology, we make it available at the same cost as traditional grafting.