Dental Implant FAQ
A dental implant is not quite a tooth, despite closely resembling one. Instead, it is a prosthetic that we use to replace missing teeth in a patient. A dental implant is a small titanium post, which is put into the bone of the jaw. Then, it is attached to a single crown, denture, or fixed bridge. After the implant fuses with your bone, a process called osseointegration, a different structure, which is called the abutment will be attached to the implant. Then, we here at Scholes Periodontics & Implants attach a restoration to that structure to help you restore both your confidence and your smile.
Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Implants
There are many good candidates for dental implants. Anyone who is missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of their teeth are good candidates.
The success rate of dental implants is high. Dental implants change from person to person depending on their prior health and their habits which changes the success rate between each patient. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the overall success rate is quite high, at 90-95%.
Dental implants do last. Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay. Nevertheless, the health of your gums is vital to help maintain continued success. Critical home-care performed by the patient, including regular professional cleanings and office visits, are also important considerations that can determine how long they will last. It is important to remember that each patient is different, and the success of the procedure will rely on a multitude of factors. We recommend brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and visiting our dental offices at least twice a year. Doing so will help the dental implant last longer.
There is no such thing as metal-free options for dental implants. It is a common misconception that there is even such a thing as metal-free implants. Almost all of the materials in dental implants have metal in them. Furthermore, dental implants are made of titanium alloy, but an allergic reaction is rare.
There are quite a few benefits to getting dental implants. The most important one is it is quite easy to replace a tooth due to dental decay or gum disease. They can also last your entire life if properly maintained and can improve your ability to eat and speak with confidence once more. Also, while maintaining good oral hygiene is still important, dental implants can never get dental decay.
With advantages come a few disadvantages. Following any minor oral procedure, there is going to be a slight risk of discomfort or infection. We will discuss with you how to minimize these risks. Another disadvantage is that the procedure may require bone and gum grafting procedures if there is no available bone to place the implant.
Importance of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an important and key technique used to repair and regenerate your mouth after tooth loss or issues like gum disease. To learn more about dental implants, or if you would like to set up an appointment with us to determine if you are a candidate for them, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Scholes Periodontics & Implants by calling (602) 900-1609 today.