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Q & A's with Dr. Vahid

All you need to know about dental implants:


Q: What is a dental implant?

A: A dental implant is a metallic titanium-based screw-like component that fuses to your jaw bone acting similar to the way a root on a tooth immersed in the bone. These fixtures are bio-compatible and completely safe for the human body. Once these screws integrate with your natural bone your dentist can place a crown prosthesis simulating your own natural dentition.

Q: What are the benefits of dental implants?

     • They are the closest to your natural teeth
     • They are easy to clean
     • They improve your bite
     • Improve your ability to speak
     • Improve chewing
     • Improve overall quality of life
     • They prevent movement and harm to your other teeth by replacing missing teeth

Q: Which is better implant or a bridge to replace a missing tooth?

A: Dental implants have benefits that outweigh the benefits of a bridge including:
     • No need to touch/ damage adjacent teeth with an implant
     • Cleaning under a bridge is very difficult and tedious, food traps underneath and inflammation occurs implants are easier to clean
     • Placing an implant versus a bridge prevents bone loss at the missing tooth site
     • With a bridge adjacent, teeth begin to lose bone and the gums begin to recede increasing sensitivity of the root surfaces and
     • Decay is no longer an issue with implants so those prone to cavities benefit
     • Bridges do not simulate as effectively your natural teeth and chewing ability as with implants
     • Esthetically implants are far superior

Q: I am in a denture what would I benefit from getting dental implants versus keeping my denture?

A: Implant retained prosthetics are far superior to the traditional dentures our grandparents used including:
     • Better speech
     • No more movement of that denture
     • No risk of the denture popping out when you are eating, kissing, or talking
     • The irritation most people feel with dentures goes away because you are no longer relying on your soft tissue to hold the
     • Overall improved oral hygiene
     • Improved nutrition you can bite into all your favorite foods you used to enjoy without having to worry about the movement of the
       denture or the ability to chew
     • They are esthetically superior

Q: Implants are expensive why should I spend the money?

A: Implants can be costly; however, most insurance companies take on a portion of the costs and payment plans are available on a case by case evaluation. Dental implants are an investment in your overall health, appearance, self-esteem and improvement on quality of life.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: Patients are usually given an anti-anxiety medicine if needed prior to the procedure, no need to be asleep for it. Patients are given medications prior to the appointment to help prevent the onset of pain. Management of discomfort is addressed usually with Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol. Most individuals return to their normal routines and activities within a day or two. If you would like to schedule a consultation please do not hesitate.

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