Do you have at least one missing tooth that you are interested in getting replaced in an effort to restore your mouth's appearance and function? If so, while there are several different cosmetic dentistry options available, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants look and feel like your existing teeth, and they tend to be a more comfortable when compared to partials or dentures. Here are four answers to questions that you may have if you are thinking about dental implants.
FAQ #1: Are You a Good Candidate for Implants?
In order to be a good candidate for dental implants, it is important that you have adequate healthy jawbone and tissue. The reason this is important is because a titanium post is implanted into the jawbone, so it is needs to be able to hold and support an implant sufficiently. Prior to making a recommendation, your dentist will fully evaluate your tissues and bone density.
FAQ #2: How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The titanium implant that is implanted into the jawbone is designed to essentially lasts forever. The dental crown, or the artificial tooth part of the dental implant, is only designed to last for roughly 10 to 15 years, depending on how well you take care of your oral health. It will also depend on the placement of the implant. For instance, molar implants will wear more quickly than front implants since back teeth tend to experience heavier use.
FAQ #3: How Long Does It Take to Get Implants?
The dental implant process is typically completed in three stages over the duration of a few months. First, the titanium post is implanted into the jawbone. Prior to the abutment and the crown being added, the titanium post needs sufficient time for the jawbone to heal and the post to fuse to the jawbone. In the event that there was not sufficient bone for the dental implant surgery, a bone graft surgery may be recommended prior to the dental implant process commencing.
FAQ #4: How Are Dental Implants Cared for?
Overall, dental implants do not require any kind of special care. Simply, continue your normal oral hygiene routine—brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Many people tend to forego flossing, but this step ensures that your gums remain healthy, which is important when you have implants as it helps to maintain the structural integrity of the dental implant.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, talk to a dentist, such as at Smile City.