If you’re considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, chances are that you have a number of questions about the treatment.
Before proceeding with dental implant placement, patients should understand how the technology works and ask their periodontist any questions they may have about the treatment. To give you a head start on getting the information you need, we’ve included a list of the most frequently asked questions below.
Dental Implant Technology
Implant dentistry is innovative because it offers patients a complete tooth replacement consisting of a prosthetic root and crown. Dental implants are made of titanium. Bone fuses with this biocompatible metal after a periodontist inserts the dental implant into the patient’s jaw, and it’s impossible to remove the dental implant after osseointegration has completed successfully.
After they are osseointegrated, dental implants are then available to act as pseudoroots, securing prosthetic appliances and underlying jawbone tissue and providing a host of other benefits to patients.
Dental Implant FAQs And Answers
These are some of the most common questions that we hear from patients who are considering dental implants:
- What does dental implant placement involve? Dental implant placement requires a surgical procedure in which the implant is inserted in the jaw. After osseointegration is complete, the patient is fitted with the permanent prosthetic crown, bridge or denture.
- Who is a good candidate for dental implants? Patients who have enough bone tissue at the implant site to support osseointegration and are free from active gum disease are good candidates for immediate dental implant placement. Other patients may be suitable after those issues are adequately addressed. Additionally, patients must be healthy enough in general to tolerate a surgical procedure and heal from it.
- Will I be able to chew normally with my dental implants? Yes! Dental implants can withstand significant chewing forces, so you shouldn’t need to eliminate any foods from your diet.
- How many teeth can dental implants replace? Dental implants can be used to replace a single crown or an entire arch of teeth, or any number in between.
This is far from a comprehensive list of questions about dental implants, so if there is anything else you would like to know, ask your periodontist. We encourage you to visit Park Cities Periodontics and Implant Dentistry for a consultation in order to make a well-informed treatment decision.