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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants!

 Q: What are Dental Implants?

 A: Dental Implants are substitute tooth roots, used to replace natural tooth roots in areas of the mouth where teeth are missing.

              A single missing tooth, several missing teeth or all teeth can be replaced with the help of implants.

If you have a denture or are planning on getting a denture you can have implant posts placed for your denture to fit over, which stabilizes the denture so it doesn’t move. You can also entirely replace your denture with bridges made on implant posts that are strong and permanent like natural teeth.

              If you are missing a single tooth you can have that tooth replaced with an implant. The alternative to replace a single tooth is called a bridge.  A bridge requires removing tooth structure from the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and creating 3 teeth connected together, (the missing tooth and the teeth on either side.) The downside of this option is you have to take away tooth structure on the good teeth on either side of the missing tooth.  The other option is a partial plate.  This is a removable plate that hooks onto other teeth and has a tooth or teeth on it to replace the missing tooth or teeth.  You have to take this in and out of your mouth.  Some people have a hard time getting used to these.  A dental implant is the best option.

 Q: What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?

 A: If you have missing teeth or dentures here is a list of just a few of the benefits:

 1. Allows you to relax and not have to worry about your dentures moving around, popping out, or gagging you. You’ll never worry about your dentures flying out when you laugh, sneeze, cough, or when you eat. Implants are so securely attached that the fear of them falling out will be eliminated!

 2. Prevents Bone Loss- Placing roots in the bone provides stimulation so the bone doesn’t melt away. This prevents bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth.  By preserving the bone, the facial structures remain intact. This is especially important when all of the teeth are missing and you continue wearing dentures without implants, because the lower one-third of the face collapses if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.  Also as bone disappears, without sufficient bone and without implants, eventually when too much bone has disappeared there is nothing for the denture to rest on.  This gradual disappearance of the bone has got to be stopped if your dentures are to remain wearable, at all, over time.  Implants are the solution to disappearing bone.

 3. You will be able to taste foods more fully. Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant-supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so it is possible to enjoy the taste of foods. 

 4. Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function more like natural teeth. You will look younger and more attractive which allows you to be even more confident and enjoy smiling, laughing, and talking with others.

 5. You can now live longer, because you’ll get to eat better and prevent malnutrition or stomach problems! Fresh vegetables and fruits are back on the menu! You can now eat the foods you like. Also, since your chewing is improved, your digestion will be even better as well!  Did you know that some people cannot even eat a piece of lettuce with ordinary dentures. While with dental implants supporting the denture you can eat all the foods you love and are healthy for you.  One of the things that you need for true health and digestive health is fiber. However most of the fibrous foods are hard to chew with ordinary dentures, like carrots or celery.  However with implants you can eat carrots, broccoli, steak, apples, etc.

 Here’s what a couple of our dental implant patients have said:

                                           “Dr. Bromboz wisely prescribed me 7 implants.  That was the best thing I’ve done with my mouth in my entire life.  I now can eat steak, apples and pears, have a perfect bite.  Even my digestive system changed because I chew well.” E.J.

                 “I wanted to pass this information on to you, in case other people might have doubts about implants.  I have had mine about a year and am very satisfied with them.  I can now eat foods that I was unable to eat before – such as apples, corn on the cob, chewy candies, nuts, etc.  I’m very glad I chose to go the “implant way.” M.M.

 

  1. Increases the amount of enjoyment you get out of eating.

 

  1. Creates more confidence in social situations. Most of our patients love their new implants, because of their improved appearance, function, and comfort and health.  There is no chance of the denture popping up or flying out while eating or talking.

 

  1. You mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state.  If you have a missing tooth or teeth, by replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth, with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. Also, nothing in the mouth looks or feels false or artificial! 

 

  1. Eliminate Denture Adhesives FOREVER!

Since implant supported teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy dentures adhesives.

 

  1. Your other teeth will not be affected because of missing teeth. Since replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns and bridges do not involve the adjacent natural teeth, they are not compromised or damaged.

 

For example, when you wear a partial denture, you have clamps that hook onto adjacent teeth, which put pressure on them that causes them to loosen and come out. 

 

And bridges require grinding down the adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be cemented on them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised.

 

Most Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants

 

Q: Under what circumstances would dental implants help?

 

A:  If you are about to get dentures or if you have a loose, floppy denture that pops up or flies out. If you use gobs of denture adhesives. If you are sick and tired of these problems and can’t taste the foods you love. If you can’t chew the foods you love then dental implants are for you.  What is done is several implants are placed in the gum and the dentures are anchored to the implants so the dentures are stable and do not move.  The denture still sits on you gums but it is stable. This is called Ball Attachments.  There is an even better solution so that you don’t have the denture sitting on your gums causing any sores.  After the implants are placed a bar is placed on the implants and the denture is supported on the bar rather than on the gums.  This is called a Bar Overdenture and  is extremely comfortable and stable. 

 

      If you are just missing a single tooth, a dental implant can replace the tooth. This is a more conservative solution because the other option is to have a dental bridge. This requires shaving down the teeth on either side of the missing tooth and attaching the 1 false tooth to the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.  When getting an implant you do not involve any other teeth. If you have several teeth in a row missing you can get a couple of implants and secure other teeth to the implants and make what is called an implant bridge. But that is too hard to explain here. We have pictures of these so that any solution you require we can show you.  It is best to have a complete exam so ALL options can be gone over for you.  What if you didn’t know about implants and just got a floppy denture or had two teeth shaved down when you didn’t need to suffer like that.  We want you to know ALL of the options.

 

Q: Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants?

A: Almost everyone who is missing one or more teeth and in general good health is a candidate for dental implant treatment. There are a few medical conditions that can undermine the success of implant treatment, such as uncontrolled diabetes.

 

            Quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement is more often a factor in qualifying for dental implants than medical conditions. However, even people who have lost significant amount of bone can qualify for dental implant treatment with additional procedures to add bone or create new bone. Advances in this type of treatment have made it possible for thousands of patients who would not previously have been considered candidates to have successful implant procedures. Adding bone support is now done routinely on a daily basis.

 

Q: If You Have Gum Disease Can You Receive Implants?

 

A: Gum disease is the reason many people end up needing dental implants.  This is because the gum disease destroys the gum and bone and the teeth, no longer having the bone support, fall out.  If you have active gum disease infection it is recommended you get your mouth healthy before beginning any kind of treatment.  We have an amazing non-surgical laser gum treatment program that has been bringing the person’s mouth to a healthy state. Then you can proceed with implant treatment.

 

Q: If I Have Bone Loss What Can I Do To Get Denture Implants?

 

A: Once teeth have been removed, the bone loss begins and continues.  The placement of dental implants stimulates the bone helping to preserve it.  Even if you have lost some structure you can still be a candidate for implants. Lost bone structure, in many cases, can be replaced.  The first step would be to schedule an evaluation.  We would need to take a special x-ray to determine your individual treatment plan.

 

Q: How Do I Know How Many Implants I Will Need?

 

A:  When it comes to recommending implants for our patients there are several factors that we must take into account.  Each of us is individual therefore different.  In order for us to recommend the best treatment for you we must evaluate the following:  We look at the amount of bone structure, muscle size and development, location of missing teeth, type of replacement teeth wanted and the overall health of our patients.  This enables us to determine how many implants will be needed and if any bone preparation is required.  This requires special x-rays to see the state of the bone.  Once this evaluation is completed we can give you an accurate treatment plan, including cost and time involved. That is why we offer a free consultation so you can get some idea as to what your plan will be right away.

 

Q: To Replace All Your Teeth What Are the Options Using Implants and Dentures?

 

A:  1. Is it possible to replace every tooth with an implant? Yes. This way you have permanent teeth and don’t have a removable denture.  However it is not usually necessary.  There are other options such as putting in a number of implant posts and creating permanent bridges.  This way you do not need a denture but you don’t need an implant for every tooth.

      2. Next down from that is a denture supported on a number of implant posts. This makes the denture very secure so it doesn’t move around when you talk and eat.  This denture can be made so you do not take it in and out. The denture can be removed when necessary.

      3. The next option down is just having a number of implants that support a bar.  The denture sits on the bar, rather than on the gums, preventing the gums from becoming sore.  This is very secure.  The denture is removable and comes in and out.  This is the best option for stable dentures at an affordable cost. 

      4. The next option down from that is having ball attachments on the implant posts rather than a bar.  The denture fits onto these attachments.  This give you more stability than just an ordinary denture because the attachments keep the denture stable however the denture sits on the gums and can create sores. 

      5.  Mini implants are becoming popular but they are less predictable as far as lasting a long time.

 

Q: How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?

 

A: Most of our patients report that they feel very little if any pain during the procedure.  Also, when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription if necessary. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth, with practically pain-free dentistry! 

 

Q: How Long Will It Take To Complete The Treatment?

A: The entire process can take anywhere between 3-9 months to complete. This depends on the type, and quantity of implants you need, along with the quality of bone in which the implants are placed. 

 

            There are treatment options that are faster, such as traditional dentures; however, none of these traditional methods prevent bone loss, or give the type of natural look and feel like implants do.

 

Q: Will I Need To Have One Implant Placed For Each Tooth That Is Missing?

A: No. In fact it is possible to replace all of the lower teeth with an over denture that is supported by only 2-4 implants. On the other hand, sometimes it might work to your advantage to replace your back teeth with an implant for each tooth to provide additional strength.

 

Q: How Do I Know If I’m Too Old For Implants?

A: Great question. Your overall health and your desire to improve the quality of life are much more important things to look at, than your age. We currently have patients from 20 years old to 80 + years old.  There are patients in their 90’s having this procedure done with no problems. We just did a husband and wife’s implants who were in there late 80’s.  They are very happy and doing great.

 

Q:  How long do you have to wait for the implants after your teeth have been pulled?

 

A:  The time of implant placement varies from: at the time the teeth are pulled to several months afterwards. 

 

Q: How Long Do Implants Last?

A: Research has shown that some implants have been successful for over 30 years. However, our goal is to make them so they last a lifetime. This is much improved from denture and/or bridges where the expected time is between 7-10 years before they begin deterioration.

 

Q: Do You Offer Any Warranty?

A: Even though dental implants have over a 95% success rate, there is still a very small chance that they won’t completely bond. When this occurs, new implants are placed.

When we replace the implants, we keep working for FREE until we get it right. The only thing you need to do is make sure you come in for your regular scheduled visits so that we can ensure you are keeping your gums and teeth healthy, which will prevent most possible problems.

 

Q: What is the Cost Of Implant Treatment?

 

A: Many people call and ask us, “How much is one implant going to cost?” While I wish it was that simple. The only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have bone loss, if you’ll need one, two, or more implants.

See, the actual cost of implant treatment is based on a number of factors, such as the number of teeth being replaced, the type of treatment option recommended and whether additional procedures are necessary to achieve the proper esthetic and functional results. 

To give you an idea, the implant, themselves, each cost $1800.  There are also costs to build up the area to accept the teeth and for the new teeth themselves, if needed.  If bone treatment is needed of course there are costs involved for that as well. When we do our complete exam we will give you a complete breakdown of the exact costs.  We have financing options, including interest free plans, to fit this wonderful opportunity into your budget. Afterall this is an investment in your health, appearance, daily quality of life and comfort. Hard to put a price on that, and worth more than a car or furniture.  Work out what you could pay per month and use our financing options.

 

Q: Does Insurance Cover Dental Implant Treatment?

A:
Insurance coverage depends on your individual policy. Most policies do not give substantial coverage.

Although most companies exclude implants as a covered benefit, many of them will pay the same benefit they would cover for the lowest cost alternative treatment option (partials and dentures) and some for the diagnostic records, if a specific request were made for “alternative benefits”.

 

Q: What Are Some Common Misconceptions People Have When Choosing A Dentist?

 

Misconception:  The dentist that offers the lowest price is the dentist you should choose.

 

Maybe – but not always. Here are a few points to consider.

 

           The price you see offered may not be for the best treatment option. Before you select a practice, decide what you want to accomplish. Make sure you are informed as to what is possible. Usually, if a dentist is much lower in price than other dentists it may indicate that they run you through procedures faster, and spend less time with you. This may not be good, because the focus is not on quality. Also, price is usually an indication of quality.  Quality Dentistry may cost more.  Better trained dentists who want to give you more time and quality of service cost more.  There is a lot of planning necessary to get a great result that goes on behind-the-scene.  The quality of labs they use and the staff are important.  Reliable service and products may cost more.  You don't buy the cheapest car or surgery.  Don't let price alone be the deciding factor when choosing a dentist.  Your comfort and quality of life are far to important to cut corners where it counts.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

As a way of improving our profession, I've dedicated my practice to educating the public. The only way you can make an intelligent decision is to have all the facts you need. This is why I have created this book.  I want you to know what will give you the most benefit before you embark on this.

 

If you are thinking about having all your teeth taken out and getting dentures, heed the advice of those who have done that  They say your problems only just begin when you have dentures.  Ordinary dentures feel like you hare wearing a shoe in your mouth. They slip and slide and it is very difficult to eat with them. Your speech can be affected.  That is why so many denture wearers are opting to have implants placed to secure their dentures. And others are choosing to keep and maintain the teeth they already have and just get single implants to replace any bad teeth they have.

 

If you're thinking about having your teeth examined, or you are looking for other cosmetic or general procedures, I offer these three recommendations:

 

Recommendation #1:  Make a commitment to yourself to get your teeth and gums examined once a year.  The longer you wait, the worse (and more costly!) it will be. Regular check ups will extend the life of your teeth and help maintain their look and feel!

            Also, 4 out of 5 people are walking around with the worst silent killer of teeth; it’s called gum disease.

            If your gums are bleeding when brushing or eating hard food;  if you have bad breath, pain or sores in your mouth,  gums are pulled back which make your teeth appear longer, or you see pus between your gums and teeth, you must get in right away!

 

Recommendation #2:  Ask questions.  The way you learn about a practice is to ask specific questions and listen carefully to the answers.  Here are the questions I suggest you ask:

  • Do you have any testimonials from current patients who are satisfied and enjoyed their experience?  If you are looking to have aesthetic or cosmetic work done, you will want to see before and after pictures of actual patients from that office.  Many dentists use books with pictures in them, but the problem is that these are not his or her patients. You want to see that he has experience in what you need done.  You will find the dentists with advanced training in full mouth rehabilitation and dental implants can see the whole picture, which ensures you end up with excellent functioning teeth.

 

    By asking questions and spending the small amount of time necessary to make an intelligent choice of a dentist, you will help create a doctor-patient relationship founded on mutual trust and respect.

 

Recommendation #3:  Once you're satisfied that you're working with a professional that has experience in what you need, set up an appointment.

 

            By following these recommendations, you'll gain all the information you need to make an informed, intelligent decision.  If you want the lowest price service, many practices in the phone book can help you with that instead.

 

            But if you want great service by a well-qualified dentist, with advanced training in full mouth rehabilitation, and dental implants and periodontal health, who can service your dental needs completely and thoroughly – creating healthier, much stronger teeth, preventing and treating your gum disease, and making your dental experience an enjoyable one– then I invite you to call me.

 

Q: I want to know if I’m a candidate, but I don’t want to go to an office that is pushy, what can I do?

 

   A:  Great Question. First, here's what I'd like to offer you:

 

A FREE CHECK-UP AND PERFECT SMILE CONSULTATION!

           

            Yes, we will do something your family doctor wouldn't do.

 

            Provide an initial check-up and consultation with no charge!

 

            We’ll take the time to get some x-rays, look at your gums and current situation and find out what concerns you.

            And simply put, you get to tell me what you want!

 

            And that's it.

 

            If, at the end of the consultation, you do not feel like we can help you, or that you don't like me, or that you want to keep doing what you're doing, etc., that's fine.

            And that's it.

 

            You go home, and we leave it at that.

 

NO PRESSURE

 

            You see, we know a critical fact:

 

IN TODAY'S SKEPTICAL AND FEARFUL SOCIETY, ANY ATTEMPT TO PRESSURE SOMEONE, BEFORE THE TIME IS RIGHT WILL ASSURE THE PROSPECTIVE PATIENT WILL RUN FOR THE HILLS!  YOU JUST WANT THE FACTS AND THEN BE ABLE TO DECIDE FOR YOURSELF.  IT IS UP TO ME TO TELL YOU YOUR FULL OPTIONS AND THEN LET YOU DECIDE.

 

            Believe me; I could not be working with so many near retirees, retirees, successful business men and women, celebrities, moms, and grandmoms and dads if I was doing anything to make them uncomfortable! They wouldn't put up with it for a second!

 

            I can't think of a better way to work.  It is my greatest pleasure to simply be of assistance.

 

            If you have any major skepticism left, or maybe have a question or two, feel free to give us a call. You will find that when we talk, there will be zero push or pressure. Our goal is to educate you!

 

            If you are really not interested or ready, that's fine

 

            If you want to talk, that's OK too.

 

            You have to understand that I love meeting new patients, and as a matter of fact, we get a bunch of new patients every month.

 

            But, because I have a steady volume, I never accept patients that aren't really excited and interested in getting stronger, healthier, younger looking teeth. I am going to be honest with you. I have so much fun seeing people's lives change for the better when they get their new teeth, that I would never work with anyone who wasn't excited and looking forward to finally getting the Look And Feel Like You’ve Always Wanted!

 

                                     

 

            I hope you are thinking a lot about your own life, and whether or not you feel in control of it with the current dental situation you are in.  Call us at 727-712-3837

 

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