If you have missing teeth, the function and appearance of your teeth will be compromised. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. One of the most popular is dental implants. Dental implant technology is a revolutionary new approach to replacing teeth that have been extracted or lost due to damage or decay. Considered more advanced than older tooth replacement solutions, dental implants are the preferred choice for an increasing number of people.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions our team are asked about dental implants, and of course, their answers.
Dental implants contain three elements:
a titanium post or screw that is surgically implanted into the jawbone
a custom-designed crown
a special connector that attaches the two together
When the post is implanted into the jawbone, the bone heals around it to secure it permanently in position. This gives implants the unrivaled strength and stability for which they are known. Once this healing has taken place (which takes several months or more), the crown is made and then attached to complete the restoration.
Dental implants have the most natural appearance of any tooth replacement solution. This is because they don’t rely on any neighboring teeth for support so there are no brackets or wires visible, and the crown is custom made to suit the shape, size, and color of your existing teeth.
Another big benefit of implants is that they are so secure, meaning that you can use your teeth as normal without worrying that your implant will move or come out, giving away that you’ve had a tooth replaced.
Dental implants actually have the highest success rate of any surgically implanted device, of around 98%. Nevertheless, for your implants to be successful and remain in place, you do need to take good care of them. This means brushing and flossing properly, visiting your dentist regularly, and not smoking! You’ll also need to ensure that you choose a skilled and experienced implant dentist to carry out the procedure too.
Single missing teeth can be replaced with single implants. However, if you have several close together, implant technology can still be used to support a bridge, partial denture, or even a full denture. In these instances, fewer implants can be used to support more missing teeth. For example, an implant-supported full denture can be supported on as little as four implant posts depending on the type that you choose. Your implant dentist will be able to advise you if you are a suitable candidate for implant-supported solutions.
The process of getting dental implants usually takes several months. This is because it is necessary to place the implant posts and give them time to fuse to the jawbone and heal before the crowns can be added. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimated treatment timeline based on your personal dental requirements.
Unsurprisingly, pain and discomfort are a primary concern of any patient undergoing a dental procedure. Getting dental implants requires surgery, but you will be given a local anesthetic to make sure that you don’t experience any pain during the procedure and advised on how best to look after them to minimize any post-operative discomfort. You may even be able to have sedation if you are particularly nervous or anxious.
Before you can get dental implants, you’ll need to have a consultation with your chosen implant dentist to make sure that they are the right solution for you. Some of the things that good candidates for dental implants have in common include:
good general and oral health
no outstanding dental work
sufficient healthy bone in their jaw to support the implant posts
healthy gums with no sign of gum disease
a commitment to maintaining a proper brushing and flossing routine
not pregnant or nursing
do not have any uncontrolled medical conditions, alcohol or substance abuse problems, or a suppressed immune system
are over the age of 18
If you would like to learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment for our team to assess your candidacy for this restorative dental treatment, please contact Midtown Dental Center in Atlanta, GA. Call (404) 874-0800 to schedule an appointment.