Dental Implants FAQ
- What are Dental Implants?
- Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
- The Implant Placement Process
- Recovering from Dental Implant Placement
- Advantages of Dental Implants
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons estimates that almost 70 percent of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost a tooth due to trauma, disease or decay. What’s more: one in four adults has lost all permanent teeth by age 74.
Many of Dr. Ingber’s patients who once struggled with a missing tooth or teeth have found great relief with dental implants. Implants are highly preferable to alternatives such as dentures, which don’t offer the same stability and long-lasting results.
Dental implants replace natural teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. An implant consists of two parts: a small titanium post, or screw, that functions as an artificial tooth root, and a prosthetic tooth that affixes to the top of the post.
Dental implants can support a single crown or a fixed bridge. If necessary, several implant posts can support a full set of upper or lower dentures.
You may be a candidate for dental implants if you are seeking a permanent tooth replacement. To qualify for implants, your jawbone must be strong enough to accommodate the titanium posts (if you do not have sufficient jawbone, you may consider bone grafting options). You should be in good health and free of any chronic uncontrolled health problems. Also, it’s important that you commit to the proper care and maintenance of your implant.
Implant placement is usually a two-part process. First, the titanium implant post is surgically placed in the jawbone underneath the gap left by the missing tooth. This requires making a small incision in the gums and a small hole in the jawbone, where the post is securely placed. The second stage is the healing process, known as osseointegration, where the gums heal around the implant posts to form a strong foundation for the artificial tooth. Finally, after the gums and implant post have healed, the post is uncovered and topped with a porcelain crown or fixed bridge.
Everyone recovers from dental implants treatment differently. However, sometimes minor swelling, bruising and discomfort occur. Pain medication can be prescribed to help relieve any discomfort.
You should eat a diet of soft foods only for five to seven days after implant placement.
Several follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress and give you the opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns.
After your implant has healed, it’s important to brush and floss daily, and visit Dr. Ingber for regular check-ups and cleanings.
Dental implants are advantageous for several reasons.
First, since they are permanently implanted in the jawbone, they won’t shift or slide around in the mouth (unlike dentures or a traditional bridge, which are not stabilized by the jawbone). The implant post keeps the jawbone stimulated and healthy, preventing it from deteriorating due to lack of use. This stimulation also helps maintain the integrity of your facial features.
The artificial teeth that are placed on top of the implant posts are crafted from strong, durable materials and look extremely life-like. No one will be able to spot the difference between an implant and the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental implants restore your ability to eat, speak and smile normally. With the proper care, they will last for many years.
Schedule a Dental Implants Consultation
If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, please schedule a consultation by contacting Dr. Ingber’s practice today!