Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants allow you to make an excellent decision in your oral health and quality of life by replacing your missing teeth. Due to the materials and process used, they provide a very high success rate while closely looking and functioning naturally. However, while you know that they are beneficial, you still have some questions about the procedure before you can make your final decision. To help you make an educated choice, Dr. Joe Isaacson has the answers you need.
How are Dental Implants Different?
Dental implants are far different than any other form of tooth replacement because they use implant posts, which are surgically placed into the jawbone. The body naturally fuses to the posts to create a secure and stable foundation for the prosthetic tooth.
Are Dental Implants Successful?
Dental implants are the most successful and reliable solution to treat tooth loss. In fact, they offer over a 95% 10-year success rate. With the right aftercare, like maintaining your oral hygiene and visiting your dentist, they have the potential to last for a lifetime.
Can Dental Implants Stop Bone Recession?
When a tooth is lost, the underlying jawbone is no longer stimulated. As a result, it begins to lose density, which can lead to additional tooth loss and facial deformities in the future. Dental implants are the only option to replace missing teeth that can stop bone recession.
By surgically placing the implant post into the jawbone, it stimulates it to encourage new bone growth. This preserves your bone density to protect any remaining natural teeth as well we your facial structures.
How Many Teeth Can Dental Implants Replace?
Dental implants can be used to treat all cases of tooth loss if you are a candidate for the procedure. To replace a single tooth, an implant post, an abutment, and a dental crown are used to fill the space. If several teeth are missing, they can be used as an alternative to a traditional bridge or partial denture. The prosthetic teeth will be held in place using an average of 1 to 2 implant posts.
Dental implants can also be used to replace an entire arch of missing teeth. A denture is created that is similar to a traditional one; however, instead of using suction or an adhesive to hold it in place, an average of 4 implant posts are used.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Generally, if you have good oral and general health, you are a candidate for the procedure. To ensure that your risk factors for the treatment are minimal, your medical and lifestyle history will be discussed to look for issues that may hinder your body’s ability to heal and fight infections.
Get a Complete Smile Today
If you are ready to invest in your quality of life, it is time to see if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Isaacson will perform a comprehensive consultation while taking the time to answer any remaining questions. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment for a complete smile.