It’s hard for a dentist not to get excited about something like dental implants. When patients complain about issues caused by missing teeth, dental implants answer to most (if not all) of the issues. Sure, there might be more of a financial commitment upfront. However, the quality and amount of time dental implants will last, combined with the realistic, natural, and attractive look they bring to your smile, is well worth it for many. If you have questions about dental implants, Dr. Brent Engelberg has answers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants
Q1. What materials are used to make dental implants?
A1. Dental implants are made to act as root replacements. Fashioned out of biocompatible titanium, dental implants are inserted directly into your jawbone. The implant rod sticks out through your gum ridges to provide an attachment point for a porcelain prosthetic tooth crown.
Q2. What are some of the advantages of dental implants over dentures?
A2. Dental implants combine aesthetic and restorative function to your smile. Traditional dentures might look great, but as your mouth shape changes over time, dentures are likely to slip and become ill-fitting. Missing teeth without dental implant replacements means your smile will be depleted of nutrients and minerals, leading to jawbone density shrinkage and facial collapse. Dental implants are permanent when cared for properly. They can be brushed and flossed like natural teeth, so there are no needs for special cleaners or adhesive pastes.
Q3. Are dental implants only for people who have lost a certain number of teeth?
A3. No. A variety of dental implant options are available depending on your specific situation. Single dental implants are terrific if you have one missing tooth. Implant bridges are great if you have two or three missing teeth in a row. All-On-Four Dentures will replace an entire missing arch. And full dental implant retained dentures are a great option if you have lost all of your teeth.
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