We understand that navigating the confusing world of teeth restoration treatment can be an intimidating prospect. As a result, we receive many questions from our Waterloo, ON area patients about these treatments and what they can offer. In particular, we receive a lot of questions about dental implants, the implant process, and the particulars of this treatment.
Dr. K. Ashraf has been offering treatment with dental implants for many years now. Over this time, he has noticed that there are some questions that get asked far more frequently than others. So, in order to better convenience our patients, we’ve gone ahead and collected these frequently asked questions and had Dr. K. Ashraf answer them below. If you don’t see your question, we encourage you to contact our office and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Dental implants are typically recommended for patients who have lost a tooth to tooth decay, gum disease, or even from an accident. They may also be recommended for patients who are likely to lose a tooth because of a dangerous oral condition. With implants, we can replace missing teeth with beautiful, natural-working replacement teeth that can prevent any further oral damage.
The simple fact is that dental implants provide a treatment that is stronger, more durable, and more comfortable than these other treatments. Because implants are directly fused to your jawbone, they are able to perfectly replicate your natural teeth down to the way they work and feel. Because of this, they are able to provide results that far surpass both dentures and dental bridges.
It is very important that you replace any missing teeth as quickly as possible. The reason for this is that missing teeth open your mouth to dangerous oral conditions such as gum disease and tooth decay. This happens because bacteria can get caught in the empty spots left behind by your missing teeth, resulting in an infection. Your surrounding teeth can also move into these empty spots, ending up in positions that make them hard to keep clear of decay-causing plaque buildup.
For the most part, our healthy patients can expect a success rate of 95 to 98 percent. However, the success rate can be much lower for certain patients, particularly, those who do not take proper care of their oral health. For instance, our patients who smoke can expect lower chances of success as their habit can make it harder for their body to heal, which can result in osseointegration failing.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns you would like addressed before committing to the dental implant process? If so, we encourage you to contact us and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. K. Ashraf at his Waterloo, ON practice. During your consultation, the doctor will sit down with you and go over anything you wish to know about the implant process and what you can expect from it. We look forward to hearing from you soon!