Replacing a missing tooth is essential for your oral health. Otherwise, a number of oral health problems can develop, such as misalignment, further tooth loss, or even facial collapse. Fortunately, we can help return your smile to full function and health with dental implants. Do you have questions about dental implants?
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What does placement involve?
Answer: First, the doctor will need to examine your smile. Candidates should have enough jawbone tissue to support the implant and be free of gum disease, which could cause tooth loss and/or implant failure. An oral surgical procedure is performed to place the implant post into the jaw. Once the area heals a restoration is added to the implant post.
Question: What are the benefits of dental implants?
Answer: Dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium, which means they bond with the jaw like a natural tooth root. Since the body then registers the post as a natural root, the flow of nutrients resumes. The body halts the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone once a tooth is lost, which causes the patient to look older as the jawbone tissue dissolves and facial collapse occurs. A dental implant helps prevent facial collapse.
Question: How do I take care of my new tooth/teeth?
Answer: You simply care for them as you would your natural teeth. You should brush twice a day and floss once a day. You should also have your smile examined and cleaned twice a year. Doing so protects the health of your smile and the stability of your new tooth.
Question: How long can my implant last?
Answer: A dental implant can last for a lifetime with proper care and attention. In comparison, dentures last between 5 and 10 years and bridges last between 10 and 15 years.