DENTAL IMPLANT FAQS
Dental implants are commonly discussed in the dental world, but most people still find themselves faced with a lot of questions when it comes time to consider replacing a lost tooth. Here are some of the questions we get asked most often, along with the answers you’re probably looking for.
What Exactly Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is often made of titanium and replaces the root of the tooth below the gum line by fusing with the jaw bone. It becomes a foundation on which a crown can be placed to give you a permanent, natural-looking replacement for a lost tooth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution for a Missing Tooth or Teeth?
Other replacements for a lost tooth or teeth, such as bridges, partials or dentures, don’t replace the tooth at the root. Replacing the root is important because it preserves the bone and protects your other teeth by keeping everything where it should be, even below the gum line.
What Is the Success Rate for Dental Implants?
Implants have shown incredibly high success rates, often cited at 98 to 99 percent. In some rare cases, the implant may not fuse with the bone as it should, but even in these cases, a replacement implant has an even higher success rate than the first.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. However, this depends on many factors such as daily oral hygiene and regular visits to a professional dentist for cleanings and checkups. Spotting any problems early on is key to the success of anyone’s oral health treatment.
Do I Have to Do Anything Special to Care for My Implants?
Taking care of dental implants is easy. You care for them just as you would your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss daily and come in for professional cleanings and exams at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist.
For any other questions about dental implants, or to schedule an appointment today, call us at (469)264-8921.