Dental implants also known as endosseous implant which involves multiple processes that can take a while. The major benefit of an implant is that it is used to replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth with artificial ones that look and function just like the real thing. Dental implants offer a viable alternative to traditional dentures and bridgework.
Considering dental implants, but have questions?
- What is a dental implant?
- What are the advantages in choosing an implant?
- Would I be a good candidate for the a dental prosthetic?
- How do I care for my new teeth?
Dental implants are a man-made substitute for a root. The implants normally come in the form of a metal rod that is drilled into the jawbone of the patient. This rod acts as the anchor for an artificial tooth. Dentures can actually be placed on top of the rod which eliminates the need for denture fixing paste or gel. Also, crowns or bridges can also be fixed on to dental implants. The beauty of a dental implant is that it can be cared for the same way you do with natural teeth.
Dental implants are becoming a more popular alternative to simply wearing dentures for a couple of missing teeth. People lose teeth all the time due to various factors, it could be injury, illness or even just tooth decay. A large gap where a tooth used to be can look both unsightly and can affect a person’s confidence greatly. Therefore cosmetic dentists are offering the option of dental implants to patients with missing teeth more so than the traditional denture.
Advantages of dental implants are …
Dental implants reduce bone loss, because your teeth protect the jaw bone. Therefore when the teeth are missing the bone is without protection. This can mean that eventually the overall shape of the jaw can change over time. If you just lose one tooth, then the change will obviously not be that drastic. However the loss of several teeth can have a significant effect on how the jaw bone appears, thus changing the shape of the face. Dental implants reduce the loss of bone under the gums as they serve as a substitute for the original root and the false tooth serves as a substitute for the original tooth.
Easier to clean …
They don’t require any kind of special cleaning implements, pastes or gels. They only requirement is regular brushing and flossing. If you go to a professional who knows exactly what they are doing, dental implants should look like the real thing.
Who is a candidate for a dental implant?
Implants can be provided to nearly anyone looking replace a missing or dead tooth. There are some cases whereby dental implants may not be advisable. Those are the following:
- Chain smokers- affects healing of the gums
- Alcoholics- affects the healing of the gums
- People with gum disease or who suffer regularly
How long do they last and how do I care for my dental implant?
Dental implants can last a lifetime. If you take care of them they can last as long as a genuine tooth will last. However the general guideline for how long a dental implant will last is ~30 years.
Nervous about getting a dental implant?
Don’t worry because we specialize in sedation dentistry. Dr. Hansen has been a dentist in Tacoma for the last 36 years and is one of the few to offer sedation dentistry services in Tacoma. Consider adding sedation dentistry to your dental implants visit.
Call (253) 752-7755 or stop by our office at 3515 S 15th St #201 Tacoma, WA 98405 for more information.