Last week, we looked at how tooth loss can impact oral health. Today, we’re looking at common questions we receive regarding the benefits of dental implants. We can use these prosthetics to provide strong and long lasting tooth replacement.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: How are they placed?
Answer: The implant post, made from biocompatible titanium, will be surgically inserted into the jawbone. From there, the area will heal and the bone and implant will bond. This typically takes between three and six months. Finally, an abutment is added that holds a dental restoration in place. Replacing the lost tooth will help patients avoid misalignment and other issues related to tooth loss.
Question: Who qualifies for dental implants?
Answer: We recommend them for patients who have lost one or more teeth. However, candidates should have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth. If not, then a bone grafting procedure may be necessary. We also look at the health of the gums. Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontitis, can cause the new tooth to fail.
Question: Do they look natural?
Answer: Yes. The restoration that tops the new tooth will be custom-made. We typically use a dental crown. The resulting restoration will look natural, blend with the smile, and be able to withstand powerful bite forces.
Question: Do they last longer than bridges or removable dentures?
Answer: yes. Other options don’t stimulate jawbone growth, which means jawbone density becomes lost over time. However, implants act as natural roots and prevent loss of jawbone density, which means your prosthetic won’t require replacement every 10 to 15 years. In fact, in some cases a dental implant can last a lifetime. If you have any questions about replacing missing teeth, then contact our office today.