Dental Implant Q&A
What is a dental implant? What is its purpose?
A dental implant is just like a tooth root firmly anchored in the jaw. Based on the needs of the patient, the implant can accept either an artificial porcelain tooth, or can be used with other implants or teeth to support a bridge or denture.
How many teeth can be replaced by implants?
One or more teeth can be replaced by implants. In the case of a patient with complete dentures, all of the false teeth can be replaced with porcelain implants – enabling the patient to have fixed permanent teeth once again.
Is this treatment effective for all?
Only a thorough review of your overall health and the condition of your jawbones can determine whether this treatment is for you. Uncontrolled diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and hemophilia are some examples of contraindication. The success rate of implants is lower in smokers.
Are implants dangerous?
No. Implants are like any other dental surgical procedure.
Do treatments take place in the clinic, or in a hospital?
Our clinic has all of the staff and cutting-edge equipment required to perform high quality, specialized on-site treatment.
Do implants require special care?
You should care for your implants as you would your natural teeth, i.e., brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist four times a year.
What’s the life span of a dental implant?
Implants cannot be affected by decay or nerve abscesses. Titanium, of which implants are made, is biocompatible and its success rate varies with the quality of the jawbones. Clients with good overall health and good oral hygiene who undergo cleanings and dental examinations 3-4 times a year can expect continued success.
Is the treatment painful?
In most cases, clients do not feel sensitivity during or after the implant procedure. If the patient follows the dentist’s recommendations, the implant procedure is like any other dental extraction.
Must a special diet be followed after dental implant placement?
Yes. For one week, the patient should eat pureed food rich in vitamins, protein, and minerals to promote a rapid, complication-free recovery.
What about recovery?
In most cases, patients can resume their daily activities on the day following the procedure.
Who performs the procedure?
This treatment requires expert professional knowledge, skilled postgraduate training and specialized equipment. Dr. Paik is a certified professional in the development of implants and he has dedicated a considerable portion of his practice to this specialty.