The majority of my patients say it's more uncomfortable than painful for a period of four to seven days. But then, each person is unique and has different levels of pain tolerance. Today, there are effective painkillers that can control this discomfort. We also provide a list of post-operative steps that promote healing, if followed to the letter. Know that the entire staff will ensure that you are made as comfortable as possible, both during and after the surgery.
There are people over 90 years of age who have had dental implants without any problems. An assessment of your health is made prior to treatment. If there is even the slightest doubt, we will contact your doctor. The comment most frequently made by our patients is, "If I had to do it over again, I would do it without hesitation; in fact, I would have done it much sooner so I could have enjoyed the benefits earlier."
It's very rare that it is impossible to place dental implants. Even diabetic patients have been treated successfully. If implants pose any risk to a patient, the treatment will not be offered.
Yes, it is possible because the day of the surgery, your current prosthesis will be modified to accommodate the implants. To do this, we install a temporary soft base to fit with the implants and the gums. This soft pad is then replaced once a month for the duration of the healing period.
Many people have had implants for over 30 years. It is therefore highly likely that you can keep your implants throughout your life by following the guidelines for recommended hygiene. It is preferable to have regular follow-up examinations to ensure that your dentures remain properly fitted to the implants. The prostheses must be replaced periodically, depending on the type chosen.
There are several factors that can make a denture become loose. The major factor is bone resorption which is inevitable unless the patient has dental implants. Muscle attachments in the mouth can become problematic as well, depending on the degree of bone resorption. The second factor is medications. This mainly affects the upper denture because some medications cause dry mouth, which prevents many patients from having adequate suction. The third factor is how dentures are maintained. It is important not to brush your dentures with a denture brush and toothpaste. The bristles of the brush are too hard and pastes contain abrasives. The use of these products will prematurely wear the acrylic, which will make dentures become loose more quickly.
It is strongly recommended to replace your dentures every five years. I personally do not think this is always required. However, I think it is absolutely necessary to verify the adjustment of the dentures to the gums and the degree of tooth wear. Afterwards, an annual inspection is also recommended. I suggest that you do not replace your dentures because a dental insurance policy is coming to term or for any reason other than discomfort, breakage, persistent gum pain or the constant instability of dentures. So, to summarize, it's not necessary to replace a dental prosthesis if there are no major problems.