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Implants are nearest to your own teeth and have great advantages over other dental treatment such as preserving a patient's jaw bone, such as being impervious to dental decay; such as no hot and cold sensitivity; such as out lasting most dental work by years; implants are designed to last for decades. But implants are NOT for everyone and there are risks in having dental implants placed.
The risks of dental implants are several and are not limited to this list.
There are important instructions to follow before and after surgery and there are trauma problems and post surgery healing events that are important to understand and for the patient to help so that healing is uneventful and as tolerable as possible.
Not only are there risks with dental implants failing and damaging or leading to the damage and loss of bone, loss of feeling, jaw problems dental implants will or may require or create new problems, challenges, and or needs:
Dental Implants rquire "prosthetics" that is the crowns or bridge work that act as the patients teeth. Now the problems with dental implant reconstrucation of crowns and bridge work has many short and long term problems. Problems such as the implant crown or bridge coming loose, Implant post(s) coming loose, food impaction under implant bridges and crowns, complaint of speech, complaint of tongue feeling trapped because the tongues of patients without teeth for a long actually expands to fill available space. When implant bridge is placed the tongue is forced back to a smaller space.
There are patients that cannot tolerate that change very well.
Crowns and bridges can be made that are removable or fixed. The materials may be made of acrylic, composite, metal or some combination, they can also be made of porcelain.
The crowns and bridges both fixed and removable can be made provisionally, that is to last only a year or so, or made long term. That is to last for many years.
Excellent hygiene and regular maintenance visits are required. While a patient will not get any cavities a patient can get gum disease and inflammation around the implant teeth and implants.
There is the risk of bone loss around implants. It is not uncommon. Usually it does not prevent the function of the implant but not always.
Perfection while a worthwhile goal is not possible.
There will be several visits to complete implant and restoration treatment. It can be as few as 2 but realistically it will be about ten visits for most cases if not more.
Again there are alternatives to dental implants and sometimes the alternatives are more appropriate.
Ask the doctor any questions you want. Do not proceed with any procedure until you are clear on finances and risks and benefits and disadvantages.
I have asked Dr. Starkey the questions I wanted and he has answered them to my satisfaction. I understand the risks regarding the implant surgery and have decided that I would like Dr. Starkey and his dental staff to provide the following services:
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The patient has an obligation to understand as much as possible what can improve her dental health as well as what can go wrong with certain procedures.
In addition to the options below there is always the option to obtain a second or to do nothing at all. Doing nothing at all. There are risks with just about everything in life. The more you know the more proactive you can be about your decisions.
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1. HIPPA Regulations require that we respect your privacy; though the government does not respect or regard you as an individual. We must have your signature regarding your privacy rights and that is done in the office. Dr. Starkey does request from you the ability to take photographs and radiographs to share with other dental medical professionals as well as insurance companies. Dr. Starkey would like permission to use photographs of your dental work and teeth and mouth for before and after photographs and radiographs as well as models on his web site and in the office to show other patients or interested parties, for dental focused magazines, and for marketing purposes in other ways such as the internet, brochures, fliers, and what ever methods that are available in our ever changing communication world.
In our modern world it is possible to contact the wrong person on internet and on telephone and very rarely the U S Mail or private carriers. I (understand) that is a risk and it may happen that the wrong person is called or contacted inadvertently and I (you) except that risk and that possibility. Such contacts are very rare and unintentional but they can and do occur.
Dr. Starkey will NOT use and does NOT use photographs of your face and does NOT use your name on the internet/web unless he has your permission. This does allow him to use photographs of your smile and teeth and oral cavity, let's say the lower third of your mouth or photographs of other areas that do NOT include your face or name unless we have your oral or written permission.
By signing below you acknowledge that Dr. Starkey can take x-rays, 3D scans, photos, impressions and share with colleagues, other practitioners, insurance companies, dental laboratories, other medical and health care professionals. I give Dr. Starkey permission to use this information on the internet, in particular his web site as before and or after. I understand this agreement does NOT allow Dr. Starkey to use photographs of your face to show on the internet. It does NOT allow Dr. Starkey to use your full name on this web site unless we have your oral permission. In which case we will use only your first name and Initial of your last name.