|Dental Implant FAQ
Most people think dental implants are the actual replacement teeth. Implants are the prostheses that are used to support the replacement teeth. They are made from titanium or zirconia and are surgically affixed to the jawbone. They form a base for the replacement teeth underneath. A crown or cap is then placed on top of the implant after the placement of a structure called an abutment. Dental implants are one of the most effective pieces of dental technology. At Advanced Family Dentistry, Sherry A. Stagge, DDS specializes in this and many other forms of restorative dentistry. Dental implants, however, elicit a lot of questions among patients. Here, we provide you answers to some of the commonly asked questions.
Who is Suitable for a Dental Implant?
The first step for many people when it comes to dental implants is to determine whether they are actual candidates for the implants. A physical exam conducted by our dentist will be able to determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are generally suitable for teeth that are decayed or destroyed and cannot really be salvaged. However, the general state and health of the mouth, especially the underlying jawbone, will also determine whether a dental implant will be suitable. It is also important to note that dental implants can be used to replace either a single tooth or multiple teeth.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
One of the biggest advantages that dental implants offer is the fact that they last a very long time. This dental procedure has a very low failure rate. Dental implants can last a lifetime and will likely not need any form of replacement. Dental implants last long because they are not susceptible to such common dental issues as decay. However, you must note that dental hygiene and oral health, especially the health of the gums and jawbone, are very important to the outcome of the dental implant.
Once the implant has been placed into the jawbone and the area has healed, there has to be a conscious effort by the patient to take care not only of the affected tooth or teeth but also of the mouth in general. Furthermore, it is important to schedule regular dental exams and dental cleanings.
What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Apart from longevity, dental implants offer a wide range of advantages. First, they offer a base for the fitting of replacement teeth. The loss of teeth is an important health issue, one that not only has physical but also has important mental outcomes. The loss of teeth comes with low self-esteem and a negative sense of self. Secondly, the loss of teeth also results in further dental issues like crooked teeth and the loss of jawbone volume. When one loses teeth, the neighboring teeth might grow into the gap left behind, ending up crooked. Teeth also stimulate the growth of the bone, and when there are no teeth, the bone underneath ends up deteriorating. The implant prevents this from happening.
If you feel you might be a candidate for dental implants, contact us at Advanced Family Dentistry or call (765) 287-5338 to set up an appointment.