Medical-Related FAQs about Dental Implants
Some of our patients do a bit of research prior to coming in for their visit and, as a result, ask more in-depth questions. Below are the most common medical-related questions we receive about dental implants.
What happens if I don't replace a missing tooth?
Several things can happen if you don't replace a missing tooth, including:
- Gum recession
- Bone loss around the missing tooth/teeth
- Premature wear on the adjacent teeth
- Difficulty eating and speaking
- Shifting teeth
Am I healthy enough for dental implants?
In general, if you are in good physical health, and free of any chronic, uncontrolled medical issues, you are likely healthy enough for dental implant treatment. Age is not a factor; we have placed implants for 90+ year-old patients.
Another major determinant of dental implant candidacy is the amount and location of jawbone. Using advanced X-ray and 3D imaging technology, our doctors will examine the quality and quantity of your jawbone. You must have a certain amount of strong jawbone to support the dental implant posts. If you have lost jawbone, or if it is not strong enough as-is to support the posts, we may recommend a bone grafting procedure, which is performed prior to or during implant placement.
Please note that without seeing you personally, we cannot determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
What kind of anesthesia is used during my procedure?
Typically, local anesthesia is used during the dental implant placement procedure. You may also choose to have IV sedation in addition to local anesthesia, so you remain comfortable and relaxed.
I need to have a tooth extracted. Can a dental implant be placed during the same visit as my extraction?
In some cases, this is a good option. Placing the implant immediately after extracting the tooth can prevent some of the complications described above.
Placing a dental implant at the same appointment as tooth extraction depends on the amount of jawbone in the area, and whether there is any tooth infection or periodontal disease that requires treatment.
I am missing all of my teeth and wear upper and lower dentures, but they are uncomfortable and unstable. If I opt for dental implants, will I need an implant to replace every missing tooth?
No, it is not necessary to replace every missing tooth with a dental implant. Our doctors usually recommend a removable or fixed denture supported by several implants (usually two to six in each jaw).
What is the success rate of dental implants?
The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons claims the overall dental implants success rate is about 95 percent. It is crucial to the success of your implants that you follow up with our doctors on a regular basis, so they can chart your progress and be on the lookout for any potential problems. Implants can fail if the bite on the final restoration is inaccurate, there is excessive cement placed at the cementing of the crown or if there is a change in your health status such as uncontrollable diabetes or excessive alcohol or tobacco use.
In another section of our website, Wisconsin Dental Solutions doctor, Peter Lotowski, answers the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.
More Questions? Call Us
If you have a question about dental implants that has not been answered on our site, please call us at (608) 834-6321 and speak with a member of our friendly team.