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FAQ

Am I a candidate for dental implants?

Dental implants are, indeed, the best solution to the problem of missing teeth in patients who have damaged tooth roots. However, only your dental surgeon can determine what is the best treatment option for you.

Are there any age limitations for dental implants?

No. Any person at any age can have dental implants provided that his/her jaw growth is complete.

Is it a reliable technique?

Yes. Dental implants have been performed for more than 40 years with great success. Millions of implants have been placed worldwide. Today, it is recognized as a safe and reliable treatment for missing teeth.

Is treatment painful?

As you will receive appropriate premedication, and placement of the dental implant will be performed under local anesthesia, the surgery will be painless. In most cases, patients can return to work only a few hours after treatment, and can rapidly eat normally. Should your tooth be sensitive after the surgery, pain killers can be prescribed.

What is the cost of the treatment?

Actually, cost varies from case to case. There may be several options that meet your budget.

In many cases, a dental implant is more cost effective in the long run as very often, it is the only treatment method that best preserves the quality of adjacent teeth. Feel free to request a quotation from your dental surgeon.

How long will treatment last?

It is variable from one individual to another. Your dental surgeon will give you a personal treatment plan that will be adapted to meet your needs, ranging generally from 3 to 6 months.

Depending on the situation, provisional or permanent solutions can even be proposed to you for enhanced comfort and optimal aesthetic appearance.

Will I feel like having real teeth?

Yes. The implant acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth which will be identical in size and color as your natural tooth. You will not see the difference and it will feel like your own tooth.

It provides you with nice looking and functioning teeth, while leaving your own teeth untouched!

Will I need a general anesthesia?

No, the surgery is performed under local anesthesiaon an outpatient basis. Your implantologist has all the equipment necessary to perform this surgery under aseptic conditions.

Can an implant be rejected?

No, because it is not living material… Dental implants are usually made of titanium which is known to be a highly biocompatible material that does not cause allergies and offers optimal safety. The success rate of implant placements which are performed with correct indications and according to the recommended protocol exceeds 95 %.

Are there contraindications to the use of dental implants?

Good general and oral health is a prerequisite to the use of dental implants. Quantity and quality of the supportive bone are also a crucial factor.
But, there are a few contraindications which must not be ignored:

  1. Medical contraindications :
    Contraindications to the use (temporary or permanent) of dental implants include:
    • Patients who are under specific medications
    • Certain cardiac diseases
    • Healing problems
    • Pregnancy
    • Alcoholism and/or heavy smoking
    • Periodontal disease or teeth grinding (bruxism).
    Allergies (if any) to certain products should be reported to your dental surgeon before surgery. However, no adverse reactions to dental implants have been observed so far.
    To ensure a safe procedure, the implantologist will get into touch with your general practitioner (or your specialist).
  2. Clinical contraindications :
    Clinical contraindications include:
    • Insufficient or poor quality bone which may not ensure firm anchoring of the dental implant
    • Low sinuses,
    • Presence of neurovascular path,
    • Any obstacle that precludes insertion of the dental implant.
    However, specific procedures can be associated that will make dental implant restoration possible.

What are the risks associated with this procedure?

Dental implant restoration is a common procedure with a standardized protocol which minimizes risk potential. The few risks associated with dental implant surgery include:
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Possible minimal discomfort for a few hours after the procedure. But the anesthetics are the same as that used for normal care.
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In rare cases, the implant can fail to integrate into the bone: the implant has to be removed and replaced, if feasible.
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After the procedure, minor bleeding, bruising, or sensitivity may occur, but will rapidly disappear.

The risk benefit ratio is definitely in favor of dental implants. When performed by a well-trained implantologist in compliance with Good Clinical Practice Standards, the risks are very low. Nevertheless, unforeseeable medical complications may occur. Your dental surgeon will explain this to you during the preliminary visits.