FAQs About Dental Implants
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth, but if you have questions about the procedure, you’re not alone. Many of our patients are interested in dental implants when exploring their tooth replacement options. If you don’t see your question answered below, call today to schedule a consultation with our dental implant dentist.
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. Your dentist may recommend a tooth implant to fill in a gap in your smile and prevent jawbone deterioration.
What Happens During the Dental Implant Process?
Once we determine you’re a candidate for dental implant surgery, we’ll schedule the procedure. During the first part of the procedure, the tooth implant will 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 on top of your dental implant to give you the appearance and function of a natural tooth.
How Do I Benefit from 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 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 , you’ll need healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, we may recommend a bone graft if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue to support implants.
During your consultation, we 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.
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.
During your consultation, we can help you understand so you can feel prepared. We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.
Ready to Learn More?
Our dental implant dentists in Cascade, Coopersville and Wayland can let you know if you’re a candidate for dental implants. To schedule an appointment with Robinson Dental, call any of our offices. We’d be more than happy to help you explore appropriate treatment options for your smile.
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