Have you suffered with tooth loss? Are you considering dental implants for replacement teeth? If so, you might be curious on what steps you need to take to learn more about your tooth replacement options. If dental implants interest you, you can schedule a consultation with our dentist. At your appointment, our team can determine whether you are a candidate for receiving implants. A consultation is also a great time to ask questions and address concerns.
Before your consultation, you might want to learn more about dental implants by surfing the web. Since dental implants are a relatively new tooth replacement option, you might not know very much about them. Implants offer unique advantages when compared to conventional prosthetics like dentures or bridges. Following are some answers to common questions about dental implants to help you get started on your tooth replacement journey.
How dental implants work?
Dental implants are used to replace the lost root systems of teeth whereas conventional prosthetics only address the loss of tooth structure above the gums. Replacing the roots of teeth involves embedding a dental implant into the jawbone. An implant is made from titanium and resembles a screw. Since it is made from a biocompatible metal, bone surrounding the implant will eventually fuse to its titanium construction. Once bone has stabilized the implant, a permanent prosthetic like a dental crown or bridge can be attached. An implant is very stable and will effectively hold a tooth-shaped, custom prosthetic so that patients can enjoy renewed oral function and an improved appearance.
How long do implants last?
Since implants are anchored by bone and constructed from titanium, they are incredibly durable and long lasting. Most successful cases of implantation last for decades and in many instances, the rest of a person’s life.
How do I care for dental implants?
Dental implants are low maintenance. They are not removable, which therefore eliminates the need for overnight soaking or special cleaning solutions. Patients will simply brush and floss as normal.
For questions or to schedule an appointment, call our practice today to talk to our caring and professional team.