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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

Dental implants are a fantastic, long lasting solution for men and women who are currently suffering with broken, damaged, faded or missing teeth. This treatment results in a naturally beautiful smile, but there are many steps involved in getting patients to this point. Because of this, it is recommended that patients find out all there is to know about dental implantation before undergoing treatment.

Review some of the most commonly asked dental implant questions.

What are dental implants?

Implants are titanium alloy posts designed to placement in the jawbone where they then act as a tooth's root. Dental implants effectively support crowns, fixed bridges or dentures. Titanium is a strong, lightweight material and is used specifically in implants due to its ability to bond with bone, creating long lasting support.

What are the advantages over more conventional forms of tooth replacement?

More traditional dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges and dentures provide patients with adequate tooth replacement, but implants give patients stable, long-lasting support. Stabilized support allows patients to eat and speak with ease. In addition, due to the fact that implants do not rely on support from surrounding teeth, patients also experience an increase in overall oral health.

Is everyone a candidate for dental implants?

Patients are not automatically qualified for dental implants based solely on the fact that they have missing teeth. Specific criteria need to be looked at and met before a patient can be considered for implantation, including:

General oral health. A patients overall oral health, specifically the condition of their remaining teeth and gums, needs to be in good condition in order for dental implants to be successful. Gum disease, broken teeth or dental decay, if present, will need to be treated before implantation treatments can begin.

Oral health maintenance. Maintaining oral health after treatment is another concern. Success rate will depend on the patient's ability to keep their teeth and gums clean post treatment. A suggested cleaning schedule will be provided by your dentist, and he or she will advise you on how to care for your newly placed implants.

Quality and quantity of bone. Implant success extremely satisfied with the quantity and quality of bone present in the jaw. Without enough surrounding bone, implant placement can be difficult. If patients lack sufficient quality and quantity of bone, a variety of techniques can be used to increase bone quantity for successful implantation.

Is there an age limit on dental implants?

A precise age limit on dental implants is not an immediate factor because each individual differences when it comes to bone growth. During the procedure, implants are placed in the jawbone, so while age is not a factor, bone growth is. Children and some adolescents are not ideal candidates for treatment because their bones are still forming and growing. Additional bone growth in the implant area can compromise and implant-therefore your dentist will recommend that implants not be placed until bone growth is complete.

Are implants guaranteed? What is their success rate?

An implant can not be guaranteed, but this tooth replacement procedure has been extensively tested, and patients have experienced a 90 [95% success rate over 5 to 10 years. With that being said, implants have been known to last over 30 years. Maintenance may be required from time to time, but when patients follow post-implant recommendations, they can experience long-term success.

Will I experience any complications?

Like with any aesthetic or medical procedure, dental implant treatments do come with some risk, however these risks are quite rare and easily treatable. Implant failure and damage to surrounding teeth are the most common complications patients' experience, but with careful pre-treatment planning, risk is greatly minimized.

When implants fail immediately, this is most often because of the presence of infection at the implant site or due to an unfavorable bone pattern. When either of these complications occurs, if the site is left to heal for a period of time (most often a few months) the implant can be successfully reinserted. Patients may also experience implant failure after a few years of initial success. This most commonly occurs when too much stress has been placed on the implant, or when an insufficient number of implants was initially placed (most often occurs in patients trying to reduce cost). With appropriate treatments however, this risk can also be minimized.

A condition known as perimplantitis is another complication that can result when undergoing dental implantation. Similar to periodontitis (gum disease), this condition involves inflammation of the gums and progressive loss of bone at the implant site. This can be easily avoided through daily brushing, frequent implant cleaning and regularly scheduled dental visits.



Source by Benjamin D Oppenheimer

Cost of Braces – Part 2: Treatment and Maintenance

Your dentist or orthodontist and you have decided the type of braces you will have, the duration of the treatment, and all other factors associated with correcting the alignment of your teeth and bite. The most substantial cost associated with braces is the treatment itself. Creating and installing brackets or aligners may require the services of a dental technician, and maintaining treatment will also be associated with some cost.

Treatment

Treatment is easily the most expensive aspect of orthodontic braces. Depending on the difficulty of your case and the amount of time it will take to achieve the desired results, costs will vary considerably. Moreover, whether you have chosen traditional stainless steel braces, gold-plated braces, or more advanced technologies such as Invisalign, your costs will vary. Remember that even the office you are working with will provide different costs and payment options. For example, some dental offices offer an all-inclusive fee, while others break down the cost to different services. Will you pay for each appointment? Are x-rays and photographs included in their quote? Will you have to pay for adjustments? These are all important questions to ask during your initial consultation.

When it comes to treatment time, your cost will most likely be based on the type of treatment. Traditional braces using metal brackets and wires and rubber ties will be the cheapest. These are often the go-to treatment for children as aesthetic concerns are not as important. However, adults may want clear or ceramic braces in order to hide the treatment as much as possible. Remember that as the technology for your braces becomes more advanced, the cost will increase.

Maintenance

After your treatment is complete, your dentist will remove your braces, but you must work to maintain the results you have achieved. Most people who wear braces will use a retainer overnight to stabilize their teeth and ensure that the teeth do not migrate to their original positions. Retainers are custom fitted to individual patients, and your dentist should instruct you as to when and how often you must wear your retainer. During the maintenance phase of treatment, you will have fewer dental visits, but you should expect to see your dentist at least on a yearly basis so s/he can track the progress and effectiveness of your treatment.

As you can clearly see, there are many factors that influence the cost of braces. It can be incredibly difficult to provide an estimate of the costs associated with orthodontic treatment without having a clear idea of your individual case. In most circumstances, braces should cost no more than $6000, but with very complicated treatment comes increased cost. Speak to your dentist in advance about all the components of treatment and how that will affect the total cost including consultation, diagnostics, treatment, and maintenance.



Source by Alex Pupkin

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Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

Dental implants are a fantastic, long lasting solution for men and women who are currently suffering with broken, damaged, faded or missing teeth. This treatment results in a naturally beautiful smile, but there are many steps involved in getting patients to this point. Because of this, it is recommended that patients find out all there is to know about dental implantation before undergoing treatment.

Review some of the most commonly asked dental implant questions.

What are dental implants?

Implants are titanium alloy posts designed to placement in the jawbone where they then act as a tooth's root. Dental implants effectively support crowns, fixed bridges or dentures. Titanium is a strong, lightweight material and is used specifically in implants due to its ability to bond with bone, creating long lasting support.

What are the advantages over more conventional forms of tooth replacement?

More traditional dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges and dentures provide patients with adequate tooth replacement, but implants give patients stable, long-lasting support. Stabilized support allows patients to eat and speak with ease. In addition, due to the fact that implants do not rely on support from surrounding teeth, patients also experience an increase in overall oral health.

Is everyone a candidate for dental implants?

Patients are not automatically qualified for dental implants based solely on the fact that they have missing teeth. Specific criteria need to be looked at and met before a patient can be considered for implantation, including:

General oral health. A patients overall oral health, specifically the condition of their remaining teeth and gums, needs to be in good condition in order for dental implants to be successful. Gum disease, broken teeth or dental decay, if present, will need to be treated before implantation treatments can begin.

Oral health maintenance. Maintaining oral health after treatment is another concern. Success rate will depend on the patient's ability to keep their teeth and gums clean post treatment. A suggested cleaning schedule will be provided by your dentist, and he or she will advise you on how to care for your newly placed implants.

Quality and quantity of bone. Implant success extremely satisfied with the quantity and quality of bone present in the jaw. Without enough surrounding bone, implant placement can be difficult. If patients lack sufficient quality and quantity of bone, a variety of techniques can be used to increase bone quantity for successful implantation.

Is there an age limit on dental implants?

A precise age limit on dental implants is not an immediate factor because each individual differences when it comes to bone growth. During the procedure, implants are placed in the jawbone, so while age is not a factor, bone growth is. Children and some adolescents are not ideal candidates for treatment because their bones are still forming and growing. Additional bone growth in the implant area can compromise and implant-therefore your dentist will recommend that implants not be placed until bone growth is complete.

Are implants guaranteed? What is their success rate?

An implant can not be guaranteed, but this tooth replacement procedure has been extensively tested, and patients have experienced a 90 [95% success rate over 5 to 10 years. With that being said, implants have been known to last over 30 years. Maintenance may be required from time to time, but when patients follow post-implant recommendations, they can experience long-term success.

Will I experience any complications?

Like with any aesthetic or medical procedure, dental implant treatments do come with some risk, however these risks are quite rare and easily treatable. Implant failure and damage to surrounding teeth are the most common complications patients' experience, but with careful pre-treatment planning, risk is greatly minimized.

When implants fail immediately, this is most often because of the presence of infection at the implant site or due to an unfavorable bone pattern. When either of these complications occurs, if the site is left to heal for a period of time (most often a few months) the implant can be successfully reinserted. Patients may also experience implant failure after a few years of initial success. This most commonly occurs when too much stress has been placed on the implant, or when an insufficient number of implants was initially placed (most often occurs in patients trying to reduce cost). With appropriate treatments however, this risk can also be minimized.

A condition known as perimplantitis is another complication that can result when undergoing implantation. Similar to periodontitis (gum disease), this condition involves inflammation of the gums and progressive loss of bone at the implant site. This can be easily avoided through daily brushing, frequent implant cleaning and regularly scheduled dental visits.



Source by Benjamin D Oppenheimer

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