Dental Implant Learning Center
All your questions about dental implants answered.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the strongest, most permanent and natural functioning solution for replacing missing teeth. A dental implant is a small titanium post that is implanted into the jawbone that functions just like a natural tooth root would and helps to maintain the structure of your jaw. It is then fused into the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for your restoration. Most often, dental implants are completed by placing an abutment on the implant which will hold the restorative crown. Because they are so secure, you won’t have to worry about them slipping or having to be adjusted as you would with a dental bridge or dentures. Not only are dental implants incredibly strong, they also look and function just like a natural tooth would. You will be able to eat anything you want, and care for them just as you would a natural tooth. With proper care, your dental implant should last you a lifetime.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
With dental implants, you can replace one tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. The placement of a dental implant is fairly simple, but can take some time. First, the titanium implant post will be placed into the jawbone. The implant must then fuse to the jawbone in order to create a strong and natural bond, which can take between three and six months. During this period you will be fitted with a temporary prosthesis. After the fusion process is complete, your final restoration will be placed. However, the overall time involved in getting a dental implant depends on your specific situation and the number of implants being placed.
What Are The Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures Or Dental Bridges?
Dental implants offer you a permanent solution to replacing missing teeth. They will not need to be removed, replaced or adjusted as dentures or dental bridges will. They are superior in functionality, as you will be able to eat anything you want and they will look and act as a natural tooth would. Because the implant acts as a natural tooth root, they will maintain the integrity and structure of your jawbone. When missing a tooth, the jawbone naturally begins to diminish, leaving you looking sunken and aged. Dental implants can prevent this and keep your jawbone intact. There will also not be an adjustment period, as soon as your final prosthesis is placed, it will feel just like a natural tooth so you won’t have to get used to eating or speaking with it.
How Will I Care For My Dental Implants?
You will care for your dental implants just as you would a regular tooth with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental check ups. With proper care, your dental implants should last you a lifetime.
How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?
While the initial cost of a dental implant may be more than alternative tooth replacement options, the investment is worth it and will pay off in the end. It is a one-time fee for teeth that will last you a lifetime, with no adjustments. Dentures and dental bridges require maintenance and adjustments, which add up over time and are inferior in quality.
Schedule your consultation to see if you are a candidate for dental implants! You can have the whole, beautiful smile that you deserve and the freedom to laugh, speak and eat again with dental implants!