Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are a popular choice for restoring functionality when natural teeth have been lost. If you are interested in getting dental implants, you may have several questions before you make the decision to get dental implants. At Dental Arts of Frederick, we believe in ensuring our patients are well-informed for every decision that they make.
We have gathered the questions that we get asked most frequently about dental implants. We are also able to answer any additional questions you might have.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a titanium post, which serves as a prosthetic replacement for the root of a missing tooth. The titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone. A dental crown is typically placed atop the titanium post, to restore the functionality and aesthetics lost when the natural tooth was lost. Dentures and bridges can be supported by dental implants, in some situations.
Most individuals who are missing one or more natural teeth will be a good candidate for dental implants. Patients should be in good general health and should have sufficient bone for the dental implant to bond with. A bone graft may be necessary for patients who are suffering from bone regression.
Dental implants are a permanent solution to lost teeth. They can restore your appearance, your self-confidence, and also your ability to enjoy the foods that you love the most. Dental implants also allow you to enjoy an active lifestyle, without needing to worry that your dentures could become loose. The titanium post will also never succumb to decay and should last a lifetime.
Are There Any Downsides to Dental Implants?
Those who get dental implants placed are very satisfied with their results. There are some potential concerns with the surgical procedure to place the implants, which could include the risks for discomfort, inflammation, and infection. Complications are rare with dental implant procedures.
What is the Dental Implant Success Rate?
The success rate can vary between individuals and will be based upon factors unique to each individual. Those who are in good health and have good oral hygiene will have predictable success rates of over 95%. It is important to always follow the aftercare instructions provided to you by our oral surgeon.
Unlike your natural teeth, dental implants are not at risk of decay. With the right type of care, along with a good routine of checkups and professional cleanings, the dental implant can last a lifetime. The crown that is affixed to the titanium post can potentially crack or break, however, and will need to be replaced.
Are Dental Implants a Replacement for Dentures?
Dentures are a great solution for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants can replace your dentures and offer better stability. Dental implant-supported dentures are an option that combines traditional dentures with the stability of dental implants. If this is something that you are interested in, be sure to mention it to our oral surgeon at your consultation.
Schedule your consultation with Dental Arts of Frederick to learn more about how dental implants can benefit you. Call us at 301-732-7277 to make your appointment.