Many of our patients prefer dental implants to replace missing teeth Dental implants are embedded in your jawbone to give you more stability than other tooth replacement options.
Continue reading to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our dentists get about the dental implant procedure.
A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root (typically made of titanium) used to anchor a porcelain crown. If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are anchored to your jawbone for long-lasting stability. This means that you’ll never have to worry about your dental implants moving like you would with dentures. With dental implants, you’ll be able to eat all your favorite foods again.
Your jawbone needs pressure from tooth roots in order to stay healthy. Otherwise, missing teeth and tooth roots will cause your jawbone to deteriorate over time. Dental implants fix this problem by giving your jawbone tissue the stimulation it needs to stay healthy. Dental implants prevent jawbone deterioration, as well as further tooth loss.
The dental implant process takes several months. Once your dentist has determined you are a candidate for dental implant surgery, they’ll schedule the procedure. During your first appointment with us, we’ll give you anesthesia before inserting the implant into your jawbone.
Over the next several months, the tooth implant will fuse to your jaw in a process called osseointegration. Our dentists will monitor your progress to make sure you’re healing properly. Once the implantation is complete, you’ll return to our office to have the porcelain crown placed over the implant. A dental implant crown gives you the look and function of a natural tooth.
To be a candidate for the dental implant procedure, you must have healthy gum and jawbone tissue. However, if you don’t have sufficient jawbone tissue for the procedure, your dental implant dentist may recommend a bone graft.
A tooth implant can last decades when given proper care. After the dental implant procedure, you’ll need to continue your routine oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day. We also recommend flossing once daily to remove dental plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. If we find plaque and tartar buildup during your next appointment, we may recommend you add a fluoride mouthwash to your daily routine.
Yes, we can replace more than one tooth with dental implants. In fact, if you have several missing teeth, your dentist may recommend dental implants to prevent jawbone deterioration and further tooth loss.
Our dentists will be able to help you explore your tooth replacement options, including dental implant surgery. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Rapids dentists, call Contemporary Family Dental at (616) 209-3969.
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