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What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small screw shaped device used to replace the root of a tooth. It can be used to support a prosthetic tooth.

What is the purpose of a dental implant?
Dental implants help to restore function to the patient's mouth, maintain the patient’s natural bone structure in his/her face, as well as give the patient back his/her natural smile.

What are dental implants used for?
There are a number of different situations in which dental implants are used: • To replace a missing single tooth. • To replace multiple missing teeth. • To replace all the teeth in a single jaw or the entire mouth.

Are dental implants the right treatment option for me?
In the case of missing, decayed, or periodontally compromised teeth, dental implants are a great alternative to other conventional treatment options, such as bridges and dentures. Dental implants can help restore the full smile you deserve.

What are the advantages of dental implants over other conventional treatment options?
• In preparation for a bridge to be placed over natural teeth, healthy adjacent teeth are shaved down in order to support the bridge. Dental implants are a much healthier alternative to this procedure. With dental implants there is no need to destroy healthy teeth. A single tooth, as well as multiple teeth can be replaced without damaging the teeth adjacent to it.

• Dental implants can secure a restoration so that it does not need to be removed from the patient's mouth (as dentures are).

Who is a candidate for dental implants?
Patients who are capable of healing are candidates for dental implants. A thorough medical and dental evaluation is done by your treating Dentist to evaluate any medical conditions or medications that may affect your dental care. Most people who take medications or who have medical conditions can be successfully treated with dental implants.

How long will treatment take?
In certain cases, dental implant placement along with the prosthetic restoration can be done all in one appointment. In other cases, treatment may range on average between 2 - 9 months.

Will I require professional dental care after I am finished with treatment?
Professional dental care is recommended for everyone regardless of what dental treatment they have done. If you have dental implants it is very important to follow up with your Dentist after treatment is finished. Just as natural teeth need to have regular cleanings in order to help prevent infection and periodontal disease, so too dental implants need to be regularly maintained. Having regular dental cleanings with your hygienist will help to maintain your dental implants.

Do I need to take care of my dental implants at home?
Just as regular teeth need to be taken care of at home, so too dental implants need to be taken care of daily.

How do I take care of my dental implants?
Make sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, as well as maintain oral hygiene in between your teeth and dental implants. There are many different ways to maintain dental hygiene such as using floss or special interdental brushes to remove plaque. Speak to your dental hygienist for a recommendation of which method is best for you.

Does it matter what type of dental implant is used for treatment?
Choosing quality dental implants is important for the success of treatment.