Dental Implant frequently asked questions
Dental implants can completely change the lifestyle of someone suffering from a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants are permanent replacements for missing teeth; they look and behave just like regular teeth. If you or a loved has missing teeth you know what an inconvenience it can it be, with dental implants you can return to eating your favorite foods such as corn, steak, and apples. The aesthetic impact of dental implants can also renew a person’s confidence and bring their smile back to life.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a synthetic tooth that consists of several elements. A titanium post is placed into the jawbone, where teeth are absent. These metal anchors are surgically fitted into the jawbone and act as tooth root replacement. The bone will then bond to the titanium, yielding a rigid foundation for the synthetic teeth. An abutment is then fixed to the titanium post so that a crown or artificial tooth can be attached. Dental implants also help maintain facial structure and prevent the shifting of teeth and bone weakening that occurs when teeth are missing.
Why dental implants?
Dental implants can have a dramatic effect on a person’s life. If you’ve lost a tooth, several teeth or you are a denture wearer, just imagines having a fully functional beautiful set of teeth. The suffering caused by a missing tooth, several missing teeth or dentures can be demoralizing and dental implants offer a fantastic way of getting your life back to normal. Please call us today if you have any additional questions.
Why should I consider dental implants over other types of restorations?
Dental Implants offer a longer lasting solution than any other type of restoration available. You may hear about cheaper solutions to replace a missing tooth or teeth, but in the long run, if those restorations fail you typically end up paying much more. Anyone who has had their dentures replaces with dental implants would most likely tell you that not having to deal with uncomfortable and embarrassing dentures is truly priceless.
What does the dental implants procedure entail?
The dental implants procedure typically involves, the placement of a titanium post which attaches to the jaw below the gumline. Over a few months, the anchor will fuse to the jaw bone. Once the fusion of the implant has taken place, a custom-tailored dental crown will be placed on the anchor – creating a new tooth that looks and feels natural.
Do Implants need special maintenance?
No, after your dental implants have been placed all you need to do is practice normal oral hygiene habits. This of course means brushing after every meal, flossing daily, and maintaining regular visits to the dentist. The better you take care of your dental implants the better they will take care of you.
Am I a candidate for implants?
It is important to see a dentist with the proper training and background if you are considering dental implants. Dr. Shokoufi will gladly schedule a free personal consultation with you and after he examines your mouth and jaw, as well as your medical and dental history, he will then personally review your options and the recommended treatment with you.