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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. Milroy Samuel
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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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What can I do to make sure my dental implant will last as long as it can? I'll be going to get my first dental implant next week, and don't want to have to go through this process again. Is there anything i can do to make sure this implants last as long a

What can I do to make sure my dental implant will last as long as it can? I'll be going to get my first dental implant next week, and don't want to have to go through this process again. Is there anything i can do to make sure this implants last as long a

Treat it like a toot: Your new implant will require care just like a natural tooth. Good oral hygiene (regular brushing and flossing) and regular visits to your dentist for dental cleanings and evaluations (twice yearly typically) are suggested. ...Read more

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How strong must jawbone be to get dental implant?

How strong must jawbone be to get dental implant?

Strong Jawbone: Your jawbone (especially lower jawbone) is almost always dense enough to support an implant. The real question is how thick and deep the bone is. If your dental surgeon feels that more bone is needed, he or she will discuss bone grafting options with you. Implants bond with the bone and will be very strong after some healing time. Smoking, diabetes, and osteoporosis can be a problem though. ...Read more

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Can you get a dental implant if you have osteoporosis?

Can you get a dental implant if you have osteoporosis?

Depends: It really depends on the integrity of the bone in the mandible and maxilla which has to be assessed by ct scanning. It is possible to have osteoporosis in some areas of the body, but have good bone structure in the jaw to allow an implant to be performed. ...Read more

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Does instant dental implant also require an extraction?

Does instant dental implant also require an extraction?

Not necessarily: If there is a tooth present and that tooth is being replaced with a dental implant, then yes the extraction of that tooth will be required. If you have a missing tooth at that site then it is unlikely that a tooth will need to be extracted. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to get dental implants after tooth removal?

How long do I have to wait to get dental implants after tooth removal?

Depends: There are times where an implant is placed at the same time as the extraction. This is called an immediate placement. The more traditional way is to allow the socket to heal in with bone then place the implants. That takes anywhere from 3-4 months after extraction. Which method used depends on the tooth, anatomy, and surgeon's experiences with implants there are pros and cons to both. ...Read more

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My partial cannot be adjusted to wear over 2 dental implants for aesthetics & function since made out of all vinyl (valplast)--not acrylic. Ideas?

Implants for partial: Depends where the implants are. And what the purpose of them is in the partial in the first place. Question is why valplast was used as a rigid partial of acrylic lends itself to much more rigid and stable partial. Suggest a remake with rigid material (ie regular acrylic) may be in order. ...Read more

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How do dentures and dental implants differ?

How do dentures and dental implants differ?

Prosthesis vs anchor: 'dentures' is a term used to describe a type of prosthesis. Dental implants are the 'screws' that are placed into the bone. After healing, the implants can be used to build crowns, bridges, or complete arch prostheses onto. For a person with no teeth, we can place implants and build a denture which is supported and retained by the implants, providing stability, esthetics, and comfort. ...Read more

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Bone removal comes from where, if you need some before dental implants?

Bone removal comes from where, if you need some before dental implants?

Human: We prefer to use sterilized human cadaver bone for implants. It provides an excellent solution and a high success rate. ...Read more

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How long before the soreness and pain goes away after getting a dental implant?

Depends: Usually just a few days. Over the counter pain relievers are generally sufficient to control the pain from a single straight forward implant. However, depending on the individual situation it can be much longer. If things are not improving after a few days please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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