If you have questions about dental implants, let the following serve as your guide to finding the information you need to make good decisions about your dental health.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to decay, periodontal disease, an injury, failed root canal, or root resorption.

Does a missing tooth need to be replaced?

According to the American Dental Association, there are many reasons to maintain the space of a missing tooth. A significant space between teeth may affect how a person speaks or chews. Adjacent teeth become free-range and can move or shift and, in some cases, bone loss can occur around a missing tooth.

Is it safe?                            

Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in dentistry and it is the only restoration method that stimulates the natural bone beneath the missing tooth.

How long do implants take to heal?

Dental implants can take two to several months to integrate into place. The bone around a new implant needs time to heal so it can secure the implant into place.

Who is qualified to place implants?

General dentists diagnose and maintain the overall oral health of patients. They may have knowledge in specialty areas like implants.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Almost anyone who is missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all teeth is a candidate for dental implants. Talk to your prosthodontist about your specific needs.

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Humans are “blessed” with 2 sets of teeth (baby teeth and adult/permanent teeth). When a single permanent tooth or multiple teeth are lost due to dental decay or gum disease, dental implants can now replace them as the 3rd set of fixed teeth! Dental implants can last a lifetime and can improve your appearance, your confidence, and your ability to eat the foods you like and participate in an active lifestyle, without worrying about your teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium and can never get dental decay!

What are the disadvantages of dental implants?

Like any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and pain, but your prosthodontist will discuss how these can be managed for your specific situation. If there is no available bone to place the implant, bone, and gum grafting procedures may be required, which can increase the cost of your treatment. However, the upfront investment can pay off in the long term.