Dental Implant FAQs
When it comes to cosmetic dentistry procedures
, dental implants
are a great choice for those seeking tooth restoration
following tooth loss. Here at McDonald DDS, we understand that many patients have concerns and questions regarding dental implants, so we’ve listed the answers of some of the most commonly asked questions.
A dental implant is a restorative surgical procedure that entails the placement of a metal post in place of a missing tooth, allowing it to bond with the jawbone to create an artificial tooth root. Once bonded with the jawbone, the implant provides a stable and reliable structure for a replacement tooth or crown. An abutment, a screw-like object, is placed on the implant on top of which the dental crown is screwed in to restore oral function and a beautiful smile.
Losing a tooth or teeth can be a terrible experience that can diminish your self-confidence alongside affecting the functionality of your mouth. Since a crown is made to look like your teeth, it seamlessly blends in with your mouth, helping restore your smile back to normal. This will help bring up your self-confidence once again. Apart from this, implants also function exactly like your teeth so you can chew, eat, and talk like you normally do. Another major advantage of implants is that they help keep the rest of your teeth in place. Tooth loss can impact the structure of the surrounding teeth, and may also result in bone loss. Dental implant placement helps counteract that, protecting the structure of your mouth.
Who is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
In addition to having good oral health, an overall good health is mandatory for dental implants. Those with any diseases or conditions that prevent them for undergoing anesthesia cannot undergo dental implant surgery. Moreover, those with periodontal disease or other serious gum problems cannot get dental implants either since it usually results in implant failure.
What are the Most Common Implant Materials?
Titanium is the most commonly used implant material. However, since the introduction of technology, there have been many advancements in the dental field, including the types of implant materials. The most recently introduced implant material is zirconia.
How do Implants Prevent Bone Loss?
The jawbone requires stimulation in order to retain its shape and density, which is provided by the teeth through chewing and biting. The regular movement of the teeth keeps encouraging the jawbone to grow and rebuild. Therefore, the loss of a tooth results in bone loss.
When a dental implant is embedded in the space of the missing tooth, it binds with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration to provide a stable structure for the crown or bridge. Since the implant acts like a natural tooth root, it delivers the same amount of stimulation to the jawbone as a normal tooth root would, preventing bone loss.
What does Dental Implant Care Entail?
Once planted successfully, dental implants become a part of your natural teeth, and are supposed to be treated like them. So you need to care for your implants just like you care for your natural teeth; regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash.
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