Loose or missing teeth can cause you to lose confidence and reduce your capacity to enjoy life. How can you feel comfortable when you are self-conscious about your smile? That is why you should consider getting dental implants from our San Ramon Periodontist, Dr. Janice Kaeley, at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.
If you are missing one or more teeth, then you have probably looked into ways of replacing them and may have come across dental implants. Nowadays dental implants are often considered to be the optimal way of replacing missing teeth because they give the best results both aesthetically and functionally. In spite of their popularity, many people are concerned about having dental implants due to the small surgical procedure required. However, it is worth stressing that the surgery is extremely minor, as is any discomfort afterwards. The results of implant surgery can also be pretty spectacular, restoring your smile so no one need know you have lost any teeth. But can anyone have dental implants?
Whether you are considering using your general dentist, a periodontist or an oral surgeon, you should ask these ten questions:
Q1: What Is Your Training?
A: Specialists have an additional 2-4 years of dental school university training. Some general dentists learn in a weekend course.
Q2: What Is Your Success Rate with Implants?
A: It should be at least 95 percent.
Q3: Why Should I Choose a Dentist Who Specializes in Implants?
A: Today, most general dentists place dental implants although they have not had adequate specialized school training to do so. But dentists who have had extra training to place dental implants have undergone 3 – 4 additional years of training after completing 4 years of dental school. This enables them to be competent in the surgical placement of dental implants and to prevent complications associated with them.
Q4: How Long Will My Implants Last?
A: If your implants are placed by an implant specialist, they should last you a lifetime. There are so many factors that are taken into consideration in the surgical placement of dental implants, their restoration, and their maintenance. There is greater than 98% success rate for lower implants and more than 94% success rate for upper implants.
Q5: How Many Months Will It Take Start to Finish?
A: Some doctors will load the implants the same day, some load them progressively, and some load them after 4-6 months… There are reasons for each of these and each can be appropriate depending on your situation.
Q6: Do You Use A CT Scan and 3-D Imaging Software?
A: This technology assesses bone structure and identifies the best sites for dental implant placement while avoiding vital structures like the sinus and nerves.
Q7: Do You Use a Surgical Guide?
A: A surgical guide directs the implant drilling system and provides for accurate placement according to the computer generated surgical treatment plan. It is important to confirm that the dentist doing your implant uses a surgical guide.
Q8: How Many Surgeries Do I Have to Go Through to Have My Tooth or Teeth Extracted and The Implants Put In?
A: In most cases, one appointment to do extractions and immediate placement of the dental implant(s); all done in one visit. Other offices do not necessarily adhere to this schedule and could take multiple appointments and months to place the implants.
Q9: Who Is Restoring the Implants?
A: Restorative dentists have their own success ratios. The experience of the doctor doing the restoration is critical. Have they attended any advanced courses? What is their success ratio?
Q10: How Do You Determine If I Am A Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
- If you have one or more missing teeth
- If you have difficulty chewing
- If you have loose teeth
- If you have loose denture teeth
- If you have dental bridges that get a lot of food trapped under
- If you are a non-smoker
The very first and best step is to make an implant consultation appointment. Dr. Kaeley offers a $99 Complete Dental Implants consultation so that you can know your options and make an informed decision regarding your dental implants.
Finding an Implant Dentist Who Can Tell You More
Dental implants are a great solution for most people, but the best way to find out for sure is to visit your implant dentist. It also pays to pick your implant dentist carefully, as for example Dr. Janice Kaeley at Progressive Periodontics & Implant Dentistry specializes in dental implants and has experience of placing many implants. This is a huge advantage as dental implant surgery requires a lot of very careful planning and experience to ensure treatment is successful. It’s vitally important that the implant is inserted in the correct place so it avoids any important structures such as sinus cavities, blood vessels and nerves and also to make sure that the fully restored tooth will look and feel entirely natural. Your choice of dentist can help ensure the success of treatment so it’s worth choosing someone who has the necessary skill and experience rather than a general dentist who may at any place a few dental implants each year.