Dental Implant FAQ
For people having loose, ill-fitted, broken, or missing teeth, dental implants can be a boon. Dental implants are widely used to replace a missing tooth, dentures, or even a whole row of missing teeth. A dental implant is a permanent tooth replacement that looks and feels like your natural tooth. In addition to giving you a stunning smile, the replacement teeth also let you chew food properly and improve your quality of life dramatically. San Tan Oral Surgery can help to replace the root structure of missing teeth, providing support and stability for replacement teeth.
A dental implant – sometimes called a tooth implant or teeth implants – is a substitute for a natural tooth root. The great majority of dental implants are made from titanium or titanium alloy, materials that have consistently demonstrated to integrate well with bone. The term ‘osseointegrated implant’ is used to describe a dental implant that has integrated well with the bone and has sufficient stability to support a replacement tooth. Should a rigorous aftercare regime be followed, a dental implant is a long-term solution to support a crown, bridge, or a denture.
Why Are They Made From Titanium?
The base parts that connect to the jaw bone are gradually made from titanium. There is good reason for this. When you consider that you need something strong and long lasting, then there is nothing like titanium to do the job. You will have what feels and looks like real teeth. No one will know that it is an implant, unless you tell them.
Will The Implants Last A lifetime?
Dental implants are very sturdy and can last for decades if the patients takes the necessary steps to care for them. Overall health, the reason for the original tooth loss, and genetics can have an impact on how well the new teeth take hold. For patients who have a history of bone loss in their family, it may be necessary to be extra cautious when caring for them.
What Special Steps Are Required To Care For The Implants?
These teeth are placed so that they can remain in the mouth for the rest of the patient’s life. As long as they are brushed and flossed just like authentic teeth, there should not be any extra care necessary.
Will They Ever Fall Out?
One thing that often comes to mind with its procedure is the possibility of the mouth rejecting the new implants. Once they are placed in the jaw, they will likely stay there for a lifetime. This procedure does not require any blood matching or other prerequisites that could lead to rejection. There are always some cases in which the teeth can fall out, but they are rare and usually due to an extenuating circumstance.
Will I Have To Be Without My Teeth?
You will not to go without replacement teeth. If the implants are not provisionalized immediately with temporary teeth, then a temporary prosthesis can be made for you. If your teeth were already missing, you may continue using your removable prosthesis with minor adjustments for your comfort during the healing period.
How Complex Is The Surgery?
Sometimes the implants and tooth can be placed on the same day, but often the surgery takes place over three appointments that can take several months to complete. First, our professionals will replace the tooth root with an implant placed under the gums and flush to the jawbone. After approximately three months of healing, the implants will be grafted to the jawbone. You will then have to return to have metal posts placed in each space that requires tooth replacement. The last step takes place one to two months later when our professionals places the final teeth on the metal posts.
Are Implants Expensive?
It is perfectly normal to carefully consider the cost of any serious investment. It is a lot to spend on your mouth and it is up to each patient to decide if the improvements to quality of life, function, confidence, and appearance are worthwhile. Our professionals will prescribe necessary treatment.
Can Implants Help With Dentures?
Absolutely. Small dentures can be replaced with just a few implants, or complete (full) dentures can either be held in position with implants or replaced with implants altogether.
Implants are a long-term solution to replace missing tooth. They are titanium artificial tooth root replacements that are inserted into the bone sockets of the missing teeth and are good alternative to bridges and removable dentures. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone by an oral or maxillofacial surgeon. If bone loss occurred due to periodontal disease, the surgeon will probably have to graft a bone first to secure the implant.
The condition of your teeth and the expected result that you want will determine which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. Our professionals can answer any questions for you like what to expect through the course of treatment, what changes will look like, and what type of maintenance is required if there are any. For more information, and to find out how our professionals can help you with your dental implants, call San Tan Oral Surgery at (480) 604-2592 today.