Dental Implants FAQs
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.
4M Dental Implants are the leading dental implant procedure. All aspects of your face, bone structure, and bite are taken into consideration with care taken to incorporate personality and quality of life. With only a minimum of 4 titanium implants, a full arch can be securely fastened to the upper, lower or both jaws.
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink. This shrinkage will make your face look older than it is. There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease or tooth decay may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of available bone. Even if you suspect your bone isn’t strong or the volume isn’t there, our doctors can often correct this with a bone graft.
Improved appearance: When you lose the entire tooth – crown and root – shrinkage of the jawbone may cause your face to look older. Dental implants can stop this process. A traditional denture or dental bridge doesn’t.
Preserve natural teeth: With traditional dental bridges, teeth adjacent to missing teeth are normally ground down to be used as anchors for a dental bridge. Dental implants often eliminate the need to modify healthy teeth.
Permanent solution: There are no loose parts to worry about losing. The dental implant is stable and comfortable.
4M Dental Implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel and function you’re your natural teeth. This means that you can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most importantly, dental implants often improve quality of life in a very concrete way. People, who used to be embarrassed because of their teeth, are often surprised by what their new permanent teeth does for their self-esteem.
When dental implants are used in combination with modern restorative dentistry, their appearance, comfort and function are very likely to exceed your expectations. Often they are hard to tell apart from your natural teeth.
The state-of-the-art 4M Guided surgical technique is an exciting alternative for placing dental implants. The dental implant is placed in a single session using keyhole surgery. This new method has greatly simplified the procedure, for both patients and dentists. The major advantage of the 4M Guided surgical technique is the minimal amount of manipulation of the soft tissue due to keyhole surgery. This significantly reduces the healing time and the discomfort normally associated with traditional dental implant surgical techniques.
With any surgery, there can be some soreness. Placing one implant normally causes less discomfort then placing several. Anesthesia and patient sedation are commonly administered to help reduce any discomfort during the dental implant process. Most patients report that they were much more comfortable following the procedure than they had anticipated. Your doctor will prescribe medications to ease any discomfort that may occur.
Your new teeth must be cared for and checked regularly, just like your natural teeth; brush and floss as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist. You should see your dentist every six months or more frequently if so advised.