How Do Dental Implants Work?

Replacing a tooth means improving both the health and beauty of your smile, allowing you to enjoy a whole smile once again and eat/speak without difficulty. In addition, receiving dental implants can provide a host of benefits over other dental prosthetics. How do dental implants work? Can I enjoy a whole smile with implant dentistry?

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  1. True or False: If you have healthy gums, you may be a candidate.
  2. True or False: The implants are secured like natural teeth.
  3. True or False: They look completely lifelike.
  4. True or False: Your new teeth can last decades.

Answer Key

  1. True. We recommend good gum health because untreated gum disease can eventually lead to tooth loss or implant failure. As a result, we urge patients to address any gum issues before we consider placing the new tooth. Likewise, we want patients to have enough jawbone tissue to properly support the new tooth. If not, we can address the issue with bone grafting.
  2. True. Unlike a dental bridge or a denture, this replacement option has a root (a biocompatible titanium post) and a crown (ceramic restoration). Having a replacement root means the tooth is secured like a natural one. You will be able to eat as you did before and the new tooth will be easy to clean and care for.
  3. True. We custom-make the crowns that top the replacement tooth. Doing so ensures the new tooth looks natural and blends with the rest of your smile. Patients appreciate that no one but them and the doctor will be able to tell the new teeth isn’t completely natural.
  4. True. In many cases patients can expect a lifetime of tooth replacement. By brushing/flossing daily and seeing your dentist for checkups and cleanings you can help ensure your new tooth lasts for decades.