Dental Implant Q&A

  • What is a dental implants? 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 extraction.

  • 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. Sorin Farsirotu is a certified professional in the development of implants and he has dedicated a considerable portion of his practice to this specialty.

Cosmetic Dentistry Q&A

  • What is cosmetic dentistry?

    Cosmetic dentistry is a science and an art designed to recreate perfect teeth based on the facial features and the personality of each patient.

  • What technology is used to create beautiful teeth?

    For fifteen years, significant progress in the field of dental material adhesion has made way for the development of a revolutionary aesthetic technique: veneers.

  • Is it possible to apply veneers onto restored teeth?

    In almost all cases, it is possible to do so. If the sealing is what is weakening the tooth, we use a double veneer to reinforce the tooth where it is weakened.

  • Do veneers weaken teeth?

    On the contrary! Porcelain and resins used to bond the veneers to the tooth are insoluble in saliva and water and are resistant to decay, so they make much stronger teeth.

  • What are the stages?

    Visit 1:
    We clean the surface of the teeth and remove a thin layer of enamel (0.5 mm). We then make an imprint of the teeth for the creation of the porcelain veneers. The first visit lasts approximately two hours.

    Visit 2:
    5-10 days later, the veneers are ready to be attached permanently. Depending on the number of teeth being treated, this visit can take anywhere from 3-4 hours. 8-10 teeth can be treated in two visits.

  • Is it painful?

    No. In most cases, there is no pain or stinging.

  • What is the lifespan of porcelain veneers and composite resin?

    Depending on the patient’s lifestyle, porcelain veneers can last for a minimum of 15 years. Composite resin veneers last about 7 years. After this period, additional composite must be added.

  • Are teeth damaged during this repair?

    No, the veneers are filed and new composite resin veneers are mounted.

Problems associated
with dental implants

The dental implant is one of the most predictable solutions in dentistry. However, like any other medical treatment, there are risk factors, including:

  • The patient's general health: uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled osteoporosis, degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, etc.
  • Bone loss (low quantity and poor quality) which does not offer adequate anchoring for implants. Bone regeneration is required in most cases.
  • An insufficient number of implants: Back teeth are under three times more pressure than before. This is why natural back teeth have three roots, and it’s the reason more implants are always required in this location.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits: Everyone should brush and floss between teeth and below the gum around the implant twice a day. Food (plaque) that is not removed each day creates bacteria that multiply in the mouth. As the number of bacteria increase, they can no longer be controlled by the body's natural defenses. The bacteria will attack the bone that supports the teeth and implants and will destroy them over time.
  • Smoking decreases the success rates of implants by 10-15%.
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism): 35-40% of patients lose their natural teeth and may also lose their implants if they do not control grinding during the day and night. To control it, a grooved plate of rigid clear plastic is worn at night (and occasionally during the day) on the teeth, maxilla, or the mandible. This can, in most cases, correct the problem.
  • Malocclusions and unbalanced occlusion resulting from tooth loss can destroy the bone that supports the implants. Balancing these occlusions solves the problem. (Occlusion = contact between the teeth).

To learn more about dental implants, please see the section on dental implants or send us your questions via the Contact Us section.