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What are dental implants made from?

What are dental implants made from?

Ti, Zir, or Ta: While titanium (commercially pure ti, or medical grade to) is still primary material for dental implants, the use of zirconia implants are getting more attention specially in europe ; asia , specially japan. But due to restorative issues, not settled in usa yet. The tantalum implants while are already in orthopedic field for several years, they don't have a proved track record yet, but promising. ...Read more

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Dr. Colin McCannel
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


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Dental implants needed - any chances of getting medical insurance to cover it?

Dental implants needed - any chances of getting medical insurance to cover it?

Depends: That will be determined on the "why" the implants are needed. For instance if an accident cause the loss, of a tooth the implant is usually covered. Insurance companies are getting better at covering for them, but some still not with it. Use a predetermination with your insurance company to be sure prior to starting work if you can not afford the implant without the insurance. ...Read more

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Is the dental implant procedure painful?

Is  the dental implant procedure painful?

No: You should be completely numb for the procedure and feel only mild to moderate discomfort afterwards which is easily handled with medication if necessary. ...Read more

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How do you know if your dental implant is failing?

How do you know if your dental implant is failing?

See your dentist: Only a dentist can tell for certain if an implant is failing, however signs you may notice yourself include a loose tooth or teeth connected to an implant or implants. Pain, swelling, and/or oozing can also be problem indications. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a dental implant "fail"?

What does it mean to have a dental implant "fail"?

Did not integrate: Typically this means that the bone did not grow to the implant surface in order to lock it into place. So, the implant becomes mobile (loose) and will work its way out or will need to be removed. Can also "fail" over time due to excess occlusal (biting) forces, bone/tissue infection, and sometimes for unknown reasons. Success rates are in the high 90's %. ...Read more

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Can i wear my partial after dental implant are uncovered?

Can i wear my partial after dental implant are uncovered?

Yes, if...: It's important that the implant be stable and integrated before allowing any real forces on it. Usually8 takes up to 4 months for implants to integrate with surrounding bone. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of "survival rate" in dental implants?

What is the meaning of "survival rate" in dental implants?

How long they last: The survival rate for an implant means in most cases how long they last in an individual's mouth, doing the job they were placed there to do. Single tooth replacement, an anchor for a denture or bridge. Most experts agree that while there might be minor changes to bone support, an implant is considered surviving if it is functioning. About 90% after 20 years/ not to shabby! ...Read more

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What should be the average total cost, post and tooth, of dental implants?

What should be the average total cost, post and tooth, of dental implants?

$4000 to $7500: Depending on your dental situation, the location of the missing tooth or teeth, the need for bone and/or soft tissue grafting, the need for a cone beam or ct x-ray, the need for a custom abutment and where you live determine the costs for an implant, abutment and crown. ...Read more

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