If you have missing teeth, your dentist may recommend implants. Dental implants replace lost teeth permanently and look and feel like natural teeth. Could implants be the right solution for you? During your dental consultation, ask these questions about implants to help you fully understand your options.
How do dental implants work?
Teeth implants are anchored in your jaw with a metal post that acts as an artificial root. This post fuses with your jawbone so that it is held securely in place. Once that fusion has occurred, in a process called osseointegration, a crown is attached to the post via an abutment screw that holds in place. Because dental implants are supported by the artificial root, rather than neighboring teeth, they don’t compromise the health of your natural teeth. They can be used to replace one tooth or an entire mouth of missing teeth.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Although dental implants aren’t the only solution to missing teeth, they do have many benefits. In addition to protecting your natural teeth, dental implants don’t cause the same kind of gum and soft tissue irritation that dentures can. They don’t require any special care like dentures, and you don’t have to make any adjustments to your diet. Many people like dental implants because they don’t have to worry about them slipping. Additionally, dental implants can be manufactured to match the shape, color, and size of your healthy teeth, so they look natural.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
To get dental implants, you need a sufficient amount of jawbone to support the implant or be able to undergo bone grafting. You must also be willing to go through the process of getting dental implants, which is lengthier than getting dentures. Your dentist will help you determine what kind of tooth restoration treatment is right for you.
University Associates of Dentistry specializes in dental implants in Chicago and can help you take the first step towards improving your smile with a consultation to see if implants are right for you. Find out more about dental implants and all of our services by calling (312) 704-5511.