Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are an essential part of restorative dentistry practiced at Harmony Dental. A dental implant is a prosthetic, screw-like metallic, typically titanium, insert used to replace the missing tooth with partial dentures, full dentures, a single crown, or a fixed bridge. Dr. Yakigian at Harmony Dental is experienced in the art of dental implant procedures and can walk you through the process in great detail.
Here are some frequently asked questions patients ask about dental implants that will help you learn more about them:
What Goes on in a Dental Implant Procedure?
Since it is a surgical procedure, we use an anesthesia solution and numb the surgical site. Then, we make a tiny incision, drill a hole into the jawbone, and place the dental implant. Once the jawbone fuses with the implant, we connect a structure called an abutment with the implant and attach the artificial tooth.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Almost all individuals with missing teeth can get dental implants. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Yakigian at Harmony Dental to discuss your specific needs.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants can replace teeth you can lose due to gum diseases or dental decay. Here are some benefits of dental implants:
||They last a lifetime.
||They improve your ability to chew and eat the foods you like.
||You never have to worry about tooth decay with dental implants as they are made of titanium.
||They boost your confidence and enhance your quality of life.
What is the All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
The All-on-4 Treatment Concept is a trademarked dental implant technique that the dentists at Harmony Dental, including Dr. Yakigian, can use to replace all the missing teeth in the upper or lower jaw using only four implants. These essential implants are support mechanisms meant to stabilize a new set of fixed teeth.
Can You Turn Dentures into Implants?
While we can certainly place implants underneath your existing dentures to support and stabilize them (only if they are in excellent condition), we cannot turn dentures into implants. Dental implants are metal screws put into the jawbone; they act as the anchor of artificial teeth, such as dentures. You can visit Harmony Dental for a consultation that will allow us to examine your existing dentures.
What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?
The success rate of this procedure typically varies from person to person and largely depends on their health and dental hygiene habits. Dental implants offer a predictable successful rate of more than 90%-95% for a healthy person with excellent oral hygiene.
How Should I Maintain My Dental Implants?
Like with your natural teeth, you must maintain proper dental hygiene with dental implants; brush twice daily and maintain a strict flossing routine. Visit us for regular check-ups and a yearly implant review to assess bone quality, implant site, and gum health.
If you have missing teeth and are leaning toward restorative dentistry for permanent teeth replacement, call us at (541) 246-3250. Dr. Yakigian will offer you a comprehensive consultation, including a mouth examination, and discuss your options.