MDTV Dental Implant Expert, Joseph Gendler, DMD Speaks Out in Minneapolis.....Is there a difference between the different implant manufacturers?
Is there a difference between the different implant manufacturers?
All implants in use in the United States are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. Originally, the only system available was the Noblepharma Branemark implant. Today, there are numerous implant companies in use on a daily basis. All of these companies are FDA approved and must meet very stringent requirements.
A good dental team should choose the system that is best for you and the one that allows us to accomplish your restorative goals.
What are implants made of?
Implants are made of commercially and medically pure Titanium. This is the same metal that has been successfully used in hip implants for many years. It is inert and is not known to cause any type of rejection phenomenon.
How complicated is the surgery?
Implant surgery is done in two stages. The first stage happens at our dental practice in southwest Minneapolis under light sedation and involves the placement of the implants into the available jaw bone. It is complicated only in the sense that the surgery requires great precision. However, all of Dr. Gendler's training and experience in dental implants works to insure success. The dental implant operatory is set up similar to an surgical suite, with thoroughly sterilized equipment and an experienced staff to assist.
Stage two also occurs at our practice in Minneapolis and involves the uncovering of the implants after they have integrated (fused). This can be accomplished with minor gum surgery or with a dental laser and is a relatively minor procedure. In both instances, minimal postoperative discomfort is noticed. You will be given the appropriate antibiotics and analgesics just as a precaution.
Very definitive postoperative instruction will be given to you at the time of surgery. If you follow the guidelines, everything should proceed without a problem.
Can implants be rejected?
No! They are made of an inert metal which has no history of rejection by the body. They are not a living organ such as the lung or liver and therefore there is no rejection phenomenon. If failure should occur, and this is only a remote possibility, it is mechanical in nature and not due to rejection by the body.
By the way, depending on the source you read, implants are anywhere from 85-95 percent successful depending upon certain factors such as implant location, amount and quality of bone etc. These factors will be evaluated before we place your implants. If you have any questions regarding this or any other aspect of the implant process, ask Dr. Gendler.
If I lose several teeth, do they each have to be replaced with a separate implant?
No. Although implants simulate the roots of teeth, biomechanical implants can be used to replace one or more teeth. This will depend upon the mechanical requirements of your chosen prosthesis. At your consultation, Dr Gendler will discuss the various treatment alternatives and the type and number of implants that are needed in order to fulfill your treatment objectives.
What about infection and complications?
During the surgery every attempt is made to maintain a totally sterile field. This tends to minimize any potential for postoperative infection. Once again, Dr. Gendler will prescribe the appropriate antibiotics as a precautionary measure.
Once the implants have been attached to your prosthesis, it is imperative for you to maintain scrupulous oral hygiene. Success very often depends on your cooperation and home-care efforts. However, should you need adjustment or have questions, we are conveniently located in the southwest Minneapolis / Hopkins / Minnetonka area.
What types of restorations can be placed on implants?
The answer to this question depends upon your treatment objectives. This can vary from simple removable prostheses like dentures or a partial, using the implants for retention , to totally implant supported porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and bridges.
Implant bridges can be either removable or fixed (not removable)depending upon the number of implants. We are now finally able to replace single or multiple missing teeth returning the dentition to a biologically healthy and esthetically pleasing state.
Will I be able to chew and function normally?
Yes! Once your implants have integrated, you will be able to function normally without any unusual sensations. Your chewing ability will really depend upon the type of prosthesis you have chosen.