No matter what kind of dental implant you choose, it’s a major decision. At Northland Dental Medicine, we want our patients to make their decision fully informed and are happy to answer any and all questions they may have about this procedure. Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) about dental implants and feel free to ask us if yours isn’t on the list.
How Long Does It Take To Get Dental Implants?
The two surgeries for dental implants are short and relatively easy, but the recovery period in between will vary from patient-to-patient. During this recovery period, the patient heals and osseointegration takes place within the jawbone. This dental implant process varies greatly and is known to take 3-12 months to complete.
Who Benefits From Dental Implants?
Dental implants are strictly for people who are missing one or more teeth. Some types of dental implants we offer include Snaptite Smile®, mini dental implants, and implant-supported dentures.
Can My Children Get Dental Implants?
No. It’s important for minors to be completely finished growing before they’re eligible for dental implants. If they’re still growing when the fixture is placed into their jawbone, the entire implant could move and jeopardize the procedure.
Does Everyone Qualify For Dental Implants?
No. Various traits can disqualify patients from dental implants. For example, pregnant women can’t get dental implants because anesthesia is heavily discouraged. Others that may be denied include those with addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs, and those with insufficient bone mass.
How Do You Maintain Dental Implants?
Ease of maintenance is one of the most notable advantages of dental implants, and it’s even easier with Snaptite Smiles. For example, dentures require you to remove, soak, and clean them, but dental implant maintenance is remarkably similar to caring for natural teeth – simply brush and floss each day!
How Do Dental Implants Stay in Place?
Yes! Dental implants have a success rate that exceeds 95% over 40-50 years, making them a safe and highly-effective treatment for replacing missing teeth. Note that proper care will greatly impact the longevity of your dental implant treatment.
What is Snaptite Smile
After recognizing the inability to clean under traditional dental implants, Dr. Michael Corsello invented Snaptite Smile, a type of dental implant that enables the wearer to remove the implant at will. This is vital for cleaning hard-to-reach areas that commonly cause infections in traditional dental implants. Other advantages of Snaptite Smile include additional comfort, durability, and functionality over traditional dentures.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Measuring half the size of traditional dental implants, mini dental implants are a highly affordable alternative to traditional implants. Mini dental implants most often appeal to patients who lack sufficient bone mass for traditional implants. The mini implant surgery is minimally invasive compared to other restorations.