Are you a candidate for dental implants? Have questions about dental implant surgery before you commit? You’re not alone. Many of our patients are interested in dental implants when exploring their tooth replacement options.
Continue reading to browse our list of frequently asked questions we get from patients just like you. If you don’t see your question below, call today to schedule a consultation with one of our restorative dentists.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to anchor a crown. Since the tooth implant is embedded deep in your jawbone, it provides more stability than other tooth replacement options. Our dentists may recommend a dental implant to fill in a gap in your smile and prevent jawbone deterioration.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL IMPLANT PROCESS?
Once we determine that you’re a candidate for dental implants, we’ll schedule the procedure. During your first visit with us, we’ll cut through the gum tissue to access the underlying jawbone. The tooth implant will then be inserted into the jawbone where it will fuse over the next several months during a process called osseointegration.
After your initial procedure, we’ll monitor your progress to make sure the implant fuses properly to your jawbone. Once osseointegration is complete, we’ll place the crown overtop your dental implant to give you the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS?
A dental implant provides more stability than other tooth replacement options because it’s embedded deep in your jawbone. For this reason, many of our patients report having better confidence while they eat, talk, and smile.
Unlike dentures, dental implants from Precision Family Dental exert enough pressure on your jaw to keep bone tissue healthy. Your body is able to sense missing teeth. When this happens, your body starts to absorb minerals in your jawbone to use elsewhere. A tooth implant prevents jawbone deterioration, as well as facial collapse, so you can maintain good oral health and look years younger.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?
To be a candidate for a, you’ll need healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, our dentist may recommend a bone graft if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implants.
During your consultation, our dentists will be able to help you understand your options for replacing missing teeth. We work with patients after tooth loss to help them smile with confidence again.
Aren’t sure if you want dental implants? Ask our dentists about other tooth replacement options that we offer, such as dentures.
CAN I GET MORE THAN ONE TOOTH IMPLANT?
Yes! In fact, many patients benefit greatly from replacing several teeth with dental implants. Unlike conventional dentures, dental implants don’t slip when you talk, eat, and smile. Many of our patients also appreciate that dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. To learn more about the dental implant procedure, click here.
HOW LONG DO DENTAL IMPLANTS LAST?
Dental implants can last a lifetime if given proper care. This means that you must brush your teeth twice a day and floss once daily. We also recommend you see our dentist at least every 6 months for your teeth cleaning and oral examination. Dental implants last longer when the rest of the mouth is healthy.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
The first step is to make an appointment with one of our dentists to allow for further discussion. During your consultation, we can help you understand what to expect from the so you can feel prepared. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Make an Appointment
Have you met Dr. Piotrowski and Dr. Cohen? If not, schedule an appointment with our . We are accepting new patients and are here to help you restore your smile. To request an appointment, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 949-1570.
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