Dental Implant FAQs
Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option that feels and functions exactly like your natural teeth. Let’s answer a few FAQs about dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is not a tooth. Instead, it is a prosthesis that is used to replace missing teeth. The implant is a titanium post placed into the jawbone, followed by the placement of a crown, a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or a complete denture.
As the implant integrates with the bone, a small structure known as an abutment is connected to the implant, which connects the implant and the artificial tooth.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
While any person with a single tooth, multiple, or all lost teeth can be a candidate for dental implants, each person's needs and conditions vary. If you have a healthy jawbone with good bone density and maintain good oral hygiene, you are likely a candidate for dental implants.
However, to talk about your specific needs and to determine whether you are the right fit for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dougherty, Dr. Menashe, and Dr. Laybourn at Dougherty Laybourn Menashe Dental.
If your jaw bone is not dense enough to support the implant, we may recommend bone and gum grafting procedures that can improve your likelihood of getting a dental implant successfully.
What are the Benefits of Getting Dental Implants?
Human teeth are designed to keep your oral cavity healthy. Naturally, tooth roots support the jawbone and keep it healthy. Moreover, all the teeth in your oral cavity support each other and allow you to chew food, speak properly, and smile confidently.
However, in the case of missing teeth, you cannot enjoy all of these benefits. But dental implants can help. Dental implants allow you to improve your appearance, confidence, and ability to chew the foods you like. Moreover, dental implants help keep your jawbone healthy, which is integral in maintaining your facial structure.
Are There Any Downsides to Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants is a surgical procedure that requires multiple visits to the doctor’s office. And like any other surgical procedure, dental implants come with a risk of infection, inflammation, and pain. However, when you discuss your specific situation with our experienced prosthodontists, they can guide you about managing your specific situation.
Another disadvantage associated with dental implants is the high cost compared to other missing tooth replacement options. However, consider this cost as an investment, and you will love the returns it pays.
What is The All-on-4® Treatment Concept?
All-on-4 is a trademarked dental implant treatment procedure that allows you to replace all of the missing teeth in a single jaw by using four implants. The procedure is particularly beneficial for patients who have bone loss, especially in the back of their oral cavity.
How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implants?
Taking care of your dental implants is fairly easy. All you need to do to take care of your dental implants is regularly brush and floss your teeth and get regular dental checkups. With adequate care, dental implants can last for a lifetime.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, or are ready to get them, please contact Dougherty Laybourn Menashe Dental at today.