Losing a tooth isn’t just harmful to your appearance. Missing teeth can cause facial collapse, misalignment, and even lead to further tooth loss. Fortunately, we can discuss dental implant placement to help restore a missing tooth. How do dental implants work? Can anyone receive them?
Common Questions About Dental Implants
Question: Who qualifies for a dental implant?
Answer: First, you need to be missing one or more teeth. Next, your gums should be free of periodontal disease, as the advanced stage of the disease (periodontitis) can lead to adult tooth loss. Finally, we feel patients should have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth. If they don’t, then we may suggest bone grafting to build up the jawbone tissue.
Question: What does receiving one involve?
Answer: First, we choose the best area for placement and then through oral surgery, place a biocompatible titanium post into the jawbone. The post then bonds with the jawbone, securing it like a natural tooth. After the area heals, we add an abutment, which holds the custom-made restoration in place and completes the visible portion of the tooth.
Question: Will they last a long time?
Answer: Yes. With proper care and maintenance, you can expect your new tooth to potentially last a lifetime. In comparison, a dental bridge can last between 10 and 15 years, while dentures require adjustment and/or replacement about once every 5 to 10 years.
Question: Do they look natural?
Answer: Yes. The restoration that tops every single tooth dental implant will be custom-made to blend seamlessly with your smile. We use porcelain in the fabrication due to the materials lifelike appearance and durability. If you have any questions about tooth replacement, or if you would like to learn more about dental implants, then contact our office today.