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My mom has had a denture for 30 years. She has heard about dental implants but was told she needs a bone graft into both side of her sinus. An then she has to wait six months before implants are placed. Is there an alternative treatment?

Q:My mom has had a denture for 30 years. She has heard about dental implants but was told she needs a bone graft into both side of her sinus. An then she has to wait six months before implants are placed. Is there an alternative treatment? A:Yes. A custom implant . . . Read more

What are dental implants?

Q:What are dental implants? A:Think of dental implants as metal roots which can be used as anchors for crowns, fixed bridges or dentures.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years. www.michaelmaksimdds.com   View Larger Map

Are there any alternatives to dentures?

Q:Are there any alternatives to dentures? A:The only alternatives to dentures are dental implant supported bridges. The implant may need to be custom made if you do not have enough natural bone in which to place implants.   Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for . . . Read more

When should you get an implant?

Q:When should you get an implant? A:Here are several indications for implants. Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth. Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space. Restore a patient’s confident smile. Restore chewing, speech, and digestion. Restore or enhance facial . . . Read more

What is the safe way to have l implants?

Q: What is the safe way to have l implants? A: The safest and most accurate approach for implant surgery is the use of a custom drill guide fabricated with the information gathered by a 3-D CT scan. The treatment is based on the best bone available for the location of each . . . Read more

What kind of complications can occur with l implants?

Q: What kind of complications can occur with implants? A: If the implant surgeon does not evaluate the bone and surrounding anatomy properly, several types of complications can occur. For example, if the surgeon does not place the implant into adequate bone, the implant may not integrate into the bone and . . . Read more

Can l implants solve denture problems?

Q: Can l implants solve denture problems? A:  Usually. If you are suffering with a denture, you should get an evaluation to determine whether implants can help you. For example, if your lower denture is floating and flipping while eating and talking , implants may be your answer. If your . . . Read more