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Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

If you’re considering dental implants, then you probably have a lot of questions.

What Are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are fully-functional replacement teeth. Like natural teeth, they comprise both a crown and a root, called a “post.” A periodontist removes the old tooth and root and then attaches a metal post to the jawbone. The gum around the post is left to heal, and then at a second appointment, the crown of the implant is attached to the post, completing the implant. The crown looks just like a natural tooth.

Am I A Suitable Patient For Dental Implants?

Dental implants are great for people who have lost teeth due to decay or have had teeth knocked out as a result of an injury. You can have a single tooth replaced with an implant, several teeth, or all of the teeth in your mouth.

How Long Will My Dental Implants Last?

Dental implants are designed to last for life. But even though they don’t decay like regular teeth, it’s essential to keep the surrounding gum healthy. Unhealthy gums can lead to complications with implants, so it’s recommend that you regularly clean your teeth and gums at least twice per day.

Can I Get Metal-Free Implants?

No. All implants contain some metal. Our implanted tooth implants, however, are made of titanium, the same metal doctors use for hip replacements. Titanium is a highly bio-compatible metal – it won’t degrade in the body or lead to an allergy. There’s a reason medics love titanium: it lasts.

How Will I Benefit From Implants?

Dental implants offer all kinds of benefits, from helping you to feel more confident to restoring the structure of your mouth and face. Implants are, from a bio-mechanical perspective, replacement teeth, offering all the benefits that regular teeth bring.

If you’re unhappy with your smile, implants are an excellent treatment option. Implants replace missing, damaged or decayed teeth, reverse tooth loss, and look just the same as your regular teeth. Each crown (the top part of the tooth above the gum) is custom-made to fit your mouth and appears perfectly natural.

Can I Benefit From Implants If I Have Dentures?

Dentures have an annoying habit of moving around the mouth when speaking and chewing. Dental adhesives aren’t always 100 percent effective. Many patients, however, choose to combine their dentures with dental implants. Dental implants provide a kind of scaffolding, allowing dentures to clip into place effortlessly. Dental implants attach to the bone in your jaw, and so offer a sturdy structure on which to overlay dentures.

What Is All-On-4?

All-on-4 is a trademarked procedure used for people who need to replace all missing teeth in the jaw with just four implants. Instead of replacing all teeth individually, All-on-4 makes four implants and then connects the remaining teeth above the gumline. The technique is particularly useful for patients who have lost bone because of decay.

If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, contact us to schedule a consultation today!