08 Jan Teeth Implants: Patient Q&A
Dr Kaplan answers some commonly asked questions about teeth implants and explains how advances in technology have made this procedure efficient and effective for many patients. If you have any questions that are not covered below, please contact Dr Kaplan.
Q. I’ve heard about teeth implants, what are they?
- A. They are an excellent means of replacing missing teeth. The titanium implant osseointegrates (biologically binds) to the bone, and a full crown goes on top. The result is a natural looking, secure means of replacing teeth.
Q. My dentist told me I’ve lost bone in my jaw. . . can it be re-grown?
- A. Often the lost bone can be restored –– bony ridges can be augmented and even places where there is no bone can be improved considerably. These procedures are called “guided bone regeneration,” or “bone grafts”. Ask your dentist if you are a candidate.
Q. How do I know if I am a good candidate for teeth implants?
- A. An evaluation with diagnostic records and a CT–Scan which is a 3–dimensional type x–ray that accurately measures the amount of bone remaining to anchor the implants.
Q. How long do teeth implants last?
- A. Statistics indicate that they may last in excess of 35 years. Once successfully integrated with the surrounding bone, implants have the same long–term potential as natural teeth, if properly taken care of.
Q. How long have teeth implants been around?
- A. The current cylinder type of titanium has been used in excess of 30 years. Implants were invented in 1957 in Stockholm, Sweden. They were then tested in the 1960’s and introduced in Europe and the U.S. in the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Implants are safe and provide for an excellent option for people with missing teeth.
Q. What is the success rate of implants?
A. Highly successful. Implants boast low infection potential, no rejection by the body, ninety-five to ninety–eight percent success rate for the lower jaw, and eighty–six to ninety–two percent success rate for the upper jaw. However, implants must be maintained by the patient with proper oral hygiene and frequent dental exams and cleanings.