With the New Year just days away you may be thinking about your resolutions. If you have one or more missing teeth, why not resolve to enjoy a whole smile in 2016? With dental implants we can provide strong and lifelike replacement teeth, allowing you to eat and communicate with comfort and ease. You can enjoy a whole smile once again.
FAQs About Enjoying a Whole Smile with Dental Implants
Question: How do dental implants work?
Answer: Unlike dental bridges or dentures, which only replace the visible portions of a tooth, dental implants actually offer a new root and crown. They are surgically placed into the jawbone, where the biocompatible titanium post actually bonds with the jawbone tissue.
Question: Who qualifies for these replacement teeth?
Answer: We typically recommend these for adults who have lost one or more teeth. People who qualify should have enough jawbone tissue to support the post. If not, the patient may need to have a bone grafting procedure. A candidate should also be free of gum disease as this disease can lead to tooth loss and implant failure.
Question: What does placing them involve?
Answer: First, the post will be surgically placed. The area will then need to heal, the implant bonding with the bone tissue. Afterward, an abutment will be added to the post to support a restoration. The restoration will be designed to blend with the smile.
Question: How long will they last?
Answer: In many cases the new tooth will last a lifetime, 25 years and more. However, in order to help ensure the new tooth lasts for decades you need to maintain good oral health, which includes routine dental cleanings, brushing, flossing, and improving your diet. If you have any questions or concerns about tooth replacement then contact our office today.