When you lose a tooth or even multiple teeth, you may find simple daily activities, such as eating or speaking, become difficult. In addition, you may feel hesitate to engage in social situations or interact with friends. Don’t let tooth loss have a negative impact on your life, especially when replacement options, such as innovative dental implants, can return your smile to full function and health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What separates implants from dentures or dental bridges?
Answer: Most dental prostheses only replace the crown, or visible portion of the tooth. An implant actually replaces the root as well, using a titanium post. The body accepts this material as natural tooth root, allowing it to bond with the jawbone.
Question: How long will this prosthesis last?
Answer: On average, patients can expect an implant to last for up to 25 years. With proper care, they’ve been known to last even longer. Dental bridges require replacement about every 10-15 years. Dentures will require adjustment about every five years.
Question: Is this replacement option stable?
Answer: Absolutely. Since the biocompatible post bonds with the tooth structure, your replacement tooth is held in place with the same security as a natural tooth. Restoration failure is possible as a result of advanced gum disease (periodontitis) or lack of jawbone tissue, but these factors can lead to natural tooth loss as well.
Question: How do I care for my prosthetics?
Answer: The same way you would your natural teeth. You need to maintain healthy gum tissue, so you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once. You will also require regular dental cleanings, typically about once every six months.
About Your Cerritos Oral Surgeon:
Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is highly qualified to address complex issues, including the placement of dental implants. He can also help improve the beauty of your smile with extractions and oral surgery. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.