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FAQ | Dental Implants

Am I healthy enough for a dental implant procedure?

Teeth replacement options with dental implants have become more routine as the technology has improved. The best way to assess if you are healthy enough for a dental implant is to come in for a free consultation with one of our dentists to go over your medical history together.

Is there an age restriction to having a dental implant procedure?

Age is not a restrictive factor for dental implant procedures. We have patients that range in age from their 20s to their 70s that have dental implants placed in our office. In fact, as we age, it is much more beneficial to keep the jawbone from shrinking by having dental implant therapy.

I have heard about dental implantsfailing. Is that possible?

Dental implants are highly successful, however, dental implant failureis possible. Although uncommon, it occurs when bone does not grow against the implant. We always ensure you are healthy enough and have enough bone for a successful implant procedure. Dental implants require proper care just like any other tooth in your mouth to ensure long-term success.

How long do implants last?

It is possible for dental implants to last a lifetime. The most important determinant is routine check-ups and cleanings to ensure health around your implants and gums. Other important factors include home care, smoker status and living a generally healthy lifestyle.

What care is needed for dental implants?

Home care for dental implants is no different than for your teeth. The same bacteria that can cause gum disease can have an effect on dental implants. Regular check-ups and cleanings are also important.

I have heard that dental implant placement is painful. Is this true?

Most patients report little, if any, pain during the procedure. If needed, we prescribe pain medication for discomfort in the first few days after treatment.

How long have implants been used in dentistry?

Dental implants have been in use for over 30 years and are supported by much research. Our team of Whitby Dentists are trained in the entire dental implant procedure and are able to provide these services on site in our office. The Margolian Dentistry team of dentists have a combined 37 years of experience in the dental implant field.

I have heard that dental implants are expensive. What is the cost like?

Dental implants may seem expensive, however,this cost needs to be considered relative to the undesirable long-term outcomes of using the alternatives. For example, patients that wait years for dental implant treatment often have to undergo more corrective procedures such as bone grafts. For a proper assessment of costs, we suggest you come in to our office for a free consultation.

I have a very strong gag reflex with my denture and I can’t seem to keep it in place. What are my options?

We can eliminate the need for the covering of an upper denture on the roof of your mouth using dental implants. For the lower jaw, we can use as little as two implants to provide support so that you no longer need to use dental adhesives.

I have heard about something called immediate dental implants. What is the process for that?

We can often place a dental implant at the same time as tooth removal. This saves the patient healing time and reduces the number of surgeries needed. We provide a variety of temporary tooth solutions during this healing period.

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