FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
(FAQ)

What are dental implants and what can they do for me?
Why are dental implants successful?
What is the procedure like?
Are dental implants too expensive?
Does the treatment hurt? Am I going to be "toothless" at any time?
How long it takes?
Am I too old for dental implants?
What will it feel after the treatment ends?

How do I take care of my dental implants?

When can I start?
 
What are dental implants and what can they do for me?
Implants are substitutes for teeth and they are today's best alternative to your natural teeth. They offer you a permanent or secure solution for replacing one or more teeth. They are made of biocompatible materials, just the same as hip implants or similar orthopedic devices, and function as anchors or support for traditional forms of dentistry, such as crowns, bridges or dentures. Many of our patients will tell you that implants have changed not only their smiles, their overall appearance but also even their lives!
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¿Why are dental implants successful?
Implants, as we know them today, have been in existence for at least twenty-five years. For the last ten years, however, success rates at many treatment centers are consistently over 95% with proper personal and professional care. Few forms of medical, orthopedic or dental treatment have such high success rates.
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What is the procedure like?
There are two phases to implant dentistry:

First phase:

Using very accurate surgical techniques, an incision is made in the gum tissues and implants are placed into dimensionally controlled sites (depth and width) in the jawbone. The gum tissues are then closed and the healing phase begins. This may take anywhere from 3-6 months to ensure a strong base.

Second phase :

Creating and fixing the new tooth or teeth to the implant structure constitutes the second and final phase. Implants can replace a single tooth, several teeth or your dentures.
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Are dental implants too expensive?
Initially, you might feel dental implants are expensive. However, they represent a more permanent and natural solution than dentures and partials. Thus, there is a greater initial investment. They should last for years, particularly if you have an "ideal" case. Independent surveys of implant patients show that they felt the investment was worth every penny and would do it again.
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Does the treatment hurt? Am I going to be "toothless" at any time?
No, as a matter of fact, many patients have said, that a tooth extraction have been much worse than a dental implant procedure. Now, you will never be without teeth. We will make sure that in the interim period, you look and feel very natural. Please contact us here to obtain more details or call us at 2-153217 ó 4-005570 in Bogota - Colombia.
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¿How long it takes?
Recent advances by implant manufacturers are reducing the time for initial implant procedures. Treatment for the simple cases could take anywhere from 4-8 months, based on where the implants are placed and the type of restoration you desire. Do not compromise because your implants and the new teeth that they support should last for years.
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Am I too old for dental implants?
Implant patients can be in their early teens or be mature adults in their seventies and eighties. Good health and adequate bone are the most critical factors in evaluating implant candidates.
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What will it feels after the treatment ends?
Once the entire procedure is complete and the final restorations placed, they will actually feel or function like your natural teeth!
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How do I take care of my dental implants?
Normal routine home care and professional cleaning visits are required. It is important to know that every 3-4 months, you will need to have a routine cleaning and re-care treatment and evaluation. An individualized program will be designed for you to optimally care for your new teeth.
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When can I start?
As soon as we have all the necessary information and team members in place to give you excellent short term as well as life long care. Please contact us here to obtain more details or call us at 2-153217 ó 4-005570 in Bogota - Colombia.
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Sources: I.C.O.I, A.D.A, F.O.C.


 
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