If you have one or more missing teeth, then you are well aware of how tooth loss impacts your appearance and confidence. However, behind the scenes losing even a single tooth can lead to misalignment and the loss of jawbone density, a major factor in eventual facial collapse. In order to avoid the loss of jawbone density and replace a lost tooth, you need dental implants. Are you wondering, “Can I receive dental implants?”
Frequently Asked Questions About Receiving Dental Implants
Question: Who qualifies for implants?
Answer: We recommend this option for adult patients who have lost one or more teeth. Candidates should have gum tissue free of periodontal disease, as advanced gum disease (periodontitis) can lead to adult tooth loss. In addition, patients need to have enough jawbone tissue to support the new tooth.
Question: How do I get started?
Answer: First, schedule a consultation with the dentist. Using digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, the doctor will examine your jaw and teeth to decide the best option for replacing your missing teeth.
Question: What does placement involve?
Answer: First, the implant post made from biocompatible titanium will need to be surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the area heals the implant post will bond with the jawbone, securing the new tooth. The doctor then adds an abutment. The abutment holds the restoration, a custom-made dental crown, in place.
Question: How do I maintain my new teeth?
Answer: In order to keep your new teeth healthy and intact, you need to care for them. Just like your natural teeth, your implant requires regular brush and flossing. You also need to see the dentist once every six months for an exam and cleaning. If you have any questions or concerns about dental implants then please contact our office today.