Frequently Asked Questions:
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about the placing and restoring of Dental Implants. This will serve to give you some very general information. We encourage all our patients and potential patients to do some research on their own to become more familiar with the whole process. An informed and knowledgeable consumer ... especially when it comes to your health ... is a wise consumer. Call to make an appointment for a DENTAL IMPLANT CONSULTATION or Second Opinion.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I know if I am a candidate for Dental Implants?
- Who performs the treatment?
- Is there an age factor for having Dental Implants placed?
- How long do Dental Implants normally last?
- Is the Implant treatment painful?
- Will I be without teeth until the final implant-supported Crowns or dentures are fitted?
- Are Dental Implant products safe?
How do I know if I am a candidate for dental Implants?
A thorough examination by our team at the Leigh Smile Center will determine, based on several factors, whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. Not every patient case is suitable for implants; however, most patients who have lost teeth can have implants placed successfully. Good health and sufficient bone density and structure are two of the main factors in making that determination. A Consultation will assess and evaluate your dental needs and requirements. The costs involved and the treatment plan will be explained in detail, and any questions or concerns you may have will be answered at that time.
Who performs the treatment?
We believe it is advisable to choose a practitioner who has the knowledge and training necessary to perform dental implant treatment. The Leigh Smile Center encourages you to ask questions regarding qualifications, training, success rates, and the length of time the practitioner has been performing implant related treatments. You are also encouraged to compare the costs involved as well as the level of after-care that the practitioner provides, and the availability of that practitioner should complications arise. It is for your own benefit to be an informed consumer; especially where it involves your health or your quality of life. Implant Dentistry is not recognized as a "specialty" field in Dentistry by the Alberta Dental Association and College. There are no Dental Implant "Specialists" in Canada. Dental Implant services at the LEIGH SMILE CENTER are provided by Dr. Leigh, a General Dentist. So as not to confuse patients, Dr. Leigh and his dental surgical team provides Dental Implant services at his Center. Other services are provided by his Associates, Dr. Ken Schuster and Dr. BJ Sadasivaiah, and Dr. Shideh Pejman (General Dentists). Dr Leigh will be happy to inform you of his experience in Dental Implant services. No Dentist should be reluctant to provide you with that information.
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Is there an age factor for having Dental Implants placed?
There are nearly 500,000 Dental Implant services performed each year throughout the world. The health of the patient is a far more important factor than the patient's age. Dental Implants have been placed in patients in their teens and in much older patients in their 80's. New techniques and advancements in the placing of dental implants have allowed the practitioner to augment bone structure in cases where bone was insufficient for placing implants. So, even though you have lost teeth many years ago, or have worn conventional dentures for many years, and have subsequently lost some bone mass, this can be reversed through bone augmentation.
How long do Dental Implants normally last?
It has been demonstrated through long-term studies that endosseous implants regularly last for periods up to 25 years and more. The effectiveness and durability of dental implants is often determined by the patient's lifestyle. For example, those who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, or grind their teeth, will likely have a lower success rate and shorter implant-life.
Is the Implant treatment painful?
During the surgery, the treatment area is anaesthetized in virtually the same way as for other dental, or cosmetic dentistry treatments. Patients will normally experience only mild discomfort after the treatment. This can be controlled by over-the-counter or prescription medication, and antibiotics. In almost all cases, the patient will return to work, or their regular routine, the next day. A regimen of daily mouth care will be prescribed by the staff at the Leigh Smile Center, together with suggestions for nutritional supplements, and diet.
Will I be without teeth until the final implant-supported Crowns or dentures are fitted?
Not necessarily. You can be fitted with a temporary appliance following the Implant Dental Surgery. It will have a very similar appearance to the final prosthesis and will allow you to maintain your normal daily routine.
At the LEIGH SMILE CENTER in Alberta, we believe that your smile is your most important feature. A beautiful, natural-looking smile enhances all of your features. Oral health comes first, but patients want to have a nice smile.
Are Dental Implant products safe?
HEALTH CANADA is the regulator for all Dental Implant Products (Implants, Bone Graft Materials, etc) in Canada. I suppose similar to the FDA in the USA. Our Implant Company (Implant Direct Sybron International) as well as our Dental Supplier (Henry Schein) Products are both approved and licensed by Health Canada. These Companies have a Medical Device License authorizing the manufacturing of their products (the products that they sell) in Canada.
Dr. Keith Manning of the Alberta Dental Association + College, in his article "Dental Materials are Safe for Albertans", states: "Health Canada, through the medical devices legislation, regulates the manufacture, importation and sale of dental materials. Manufacturers must apply for a licence authorizing the sale of the device in Canada. Suffice it to say, a medical device licence implies a high level of quality assurance and trust." November-December 2012 ADA+C "UPATER" Newsletter.