Dental implants are certainly becoming a popular option for replacing missing teeth. They’re a more permanent solution, especially if you care for them properly. And the results are stunning. You probably know people who have implants without realizing it. However, people still have a lot of questions, from what’s possible to how they work. These are the answers to just five of the most commonly asked questions.
1. What Are Dental Implants?
The implant itself is a screw that connects to the bone to serve as your tooth’s root. They’re usually made of titanium, which is safe for the body. A crown is then fused with the screw to create a new tooth. These are custom-made for each individual to match existing teeth and fit perfectly with other teeth.
2. How Many Implants Can I Get?
Often, you hear of a person getting a single implant. However, dental implants can replace one or all of your teeth. What makes them great for replacing a few missing teeth here and there is the implant doesn’t affect surrounding teeth as a bridge does. With a bridge, your surrounding teeth have to be filed down to add crowns to hold the false tooth in place.
Implants simply go into the missing tooth gap. And they can replace a full set of dentures with just four anchor implants. Your dentures then snap in place easily.
3. Does it Hurt?
One of the absolute most common questions we’re asked is about expected pain. First, you’re sedated during the procedure, so you won’t feel anything. While there is some pain during the healing process, most patients handle it well with some simple OTC pain medications.
Once you’re fully healed, you can eat and normally drink without worrying about any pain. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the tooth moving around or coming loose like you would with dentures.
4. How Long Do Implants Last?
With proper care, dental implants can last over 15 years, which is why they’re often considered a nearly permanent solution. They don’t decay like regular teeth, but your gums need to be healthy to support them. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups are key to making your implants last as long as possible.
5. Am I a Candidate?
Your dentist will need to take X-rays and check your jaw bone health first. If you don’t have any infections and your bone density hasn’t weakened, you’re a good candidate. Of course, pre-existing medical conditions are also a consideration, so make sure you tell your dentist about your medical history as well.
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