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Dental Implant Problems Quiz
by Staff
What are dental implants, and what are the potential problems associated with them? Take the quiz to find out.

What are dental implants designed to do?

  • give you a more full-bodied smile
  • permanently replace a lost tooth
  • permanently replace braces

What material are dental implants made of?

  • stainless steel
  • magnesium
  • titanium

What percentage of adults between 35 and 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth?

  • 69 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 28 percent

What causes tooth loss?

  • accident
  • tooth or gum decay
  • failed root canal
  • all of the above

What does the implant attach to?

  • the gums
  • surrounding teeth
  • the jawbone

What is the success rate for dental implant surgery?

  • roughly 25 percent
  • roughly 50 percent
  • roughly 80 percent
  • more than 95 percent

Which of the following reasons can lead to implant failure?

  • infection
  • insufficient bone mass
  • faulty implants
  • all of the above

What is the best option for patients with insufficient bone mass to support a dental implant?

  • dentures
  • bone graft
  • dental bridge

How long does a bone graft procedure need to heal before a surgeon can consider an implant?

  • two to three weeks
  • a month or two
  • usually four to 12 months

Why is sufficient bone mass so important to successful implant surgery?

  • Because you need plenty of bone for a bright smile.
  • Because of the tremendous forces that chewing applies to teeth.
  • It isn't critical to successful implant surgery.

What is the process of bone fusing to an implant called?

  • osseointegration
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis

What should you do if you suspect your implant is infected?

  • brush and floss again
  • notify your surgeon
  • use mouthwash at least three times a day

What is the optimum age for someone to receive a dental implant?

  • There is no optimum age.
  • adolescent or older
  • 30 and older

What are some typical issues that patients can expect following dental implant surgery?

  • bruising and swelling of gums and face
  • localized pain at the site of the implant
  • minor bleeding
  • all of the above

Why will a patient who smokes run a higher risk of implant failure?

  • Because smoking can stain teeth, which will lead to a disappointed patient.
  • There is no higher risk for patients who smoke.
  • There is a direct link between smoking and periodontal decay and disease.

Why does the surgeon typically require several months between installing an implant and completing the crown work?

  • A second procedure allows the surgeon to bill the patient a second time.
  • To allow the dental technician more time to build an artificial crown.
  • To allow complete fusion between the bone and the implant.

What is the best indicator of successful implant surgery?

  • how much you paid for the procedure
  • good genetics
  • overall health
  • There is none -- it's the luck of the draw.

What is the biggest risk of the "immediate loading" implant technique?

  • You musty stop smoking immediately, instead of gradually.
  • You may be susceptible to faulty or incomplete bone fusion.
  • You can no longer enjoy your favorite foods.

Why are the sinuses particularly sensitive to implant surgery?

  • Because there is typically less bone to work with in the upper jaw.
  • A human's olfactory system is exceedingly sensitive to the smell of titanium.
  • The gums of the upper jaw are traditionally more prone to infection.

What is the best way to ensure a successful implant procedure post-surgery?

  • brush and floss regularly
  • faithfully follow any post-surgical instructions
  • make routine dental appointments
  • all of the above