Dental implants have become increasingly popular in the past several decades, but many patients still don’t know much about this innovative dental restoration tool. If you have questions about dental implants, the White Family & Cosmetic Dentistry team is here to help. Please don’t hesitate to give our Goode dental office a call. We’ll do our utmost to answer any questions over the phone, or one of our team members will schedule a consultation visit for you. You can also keep reading to get the answers to some of the frequently asked questions patients have about dental implants.
Dental implants are titanium posts that resemble screws. They are inserted into the gum line to replace the lost tooth root, providing support for a replacement tooth or teeth.
Dental implant posts are available in a variety of materials. However, the most commonly used and successful implant posts are crafted from high-quality titanium. This metal has been proven to create strong, long-lasting bonds with the gum tissue and jawbone to provide effective support for replacement teeth. Other metals have proven less successful or require further research to determine whether or not they are as effective as titanium.
Versatile and effective, dental implants can be used to support any number of replacement teeth. From a single tooth to a full denture, dental implant posts can be effectively positioned to provide support for even the most advanced restorations.
Dental implant tooth replacements are completed in two phases. The first phase of treatment is the surgical placement of one or more dental implants. This procedure requires a specialist to insert the implant post into the gum and bone tissues. Then, a protective cap is placed, and patients wait for several months to allow the implant to fuse with the supportive oral structures. Once the implant post has fully fused with the jawbone, patients return to our office to have their replacement tooth or teeth attached.
With proper care, your dental implant-retained prosthetic can last two or more decades. In fact, most people keep the same dental implant supported tooth replacements for the rest of their lives. Other tooth replacement options need to be refitted or replaced every five to ten years.
Like any surgical procedure, you should expect some discomfort following dental implant placement. However, during the surgery, you will be completely numbed and free from pain, and in some cases, we may also recommend sedation dentistry to improve comfort. Following treatment, patients can typically treat pain with over-the-counter medications and cold compresses applied at twenty minute intervals (20 on/20 off).
Because dental implants imitate the root structure, they provide the necessary stimulation to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume. This is ideal for oral health, but it is also important to maintain whole body health. For example, when jawbone density and gum tissue volume decreases, the face changes shape, and the person can look older. Additionally, patients with traditional tooth replacement options may not be able to consume the wide range of foods necessary for adequate nutrition, which can lead to numerous health concerns.