Dental Implants FAQ’s
What is a dental implant?
For many adults, having dental implants is the next best thing to having natural teeth. When you lose your teeth due to tooth decay, a disease, or a traumatic injury, your self-esteem and smile can take a hit. This is where dental implants can help. Dental implants feel and function like natural teeth. They’re durable and stable, and function almost the same as natural teeth.
A dental implant is a biocompatible metal post that a dentist implants into your jawbone beneath your gums. Essentially, it’s the root of your new tooth. After the post is implanted and your mouth has healed, your dentist will attach the new replacement tooth, or crown, to the metal post permanently. The implants fuse to your jawbone, so they are strong, stable, and don’t shift in your mouth.
These metal posts also help bridges, dentures, and crowns stay solidly attached to your jaw.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
On top of feeling, functioning, and looking like natural teeth, dental implants offer the following advantages:
- Can last a lifetime with good care
- Offer a cost-effective solution for replacing a missing tooth
- Help maintain your natural smile and face shape
- Preserve your healthy jawbone
- Help keep your surrounding natural teeth healthy
- Improve speech by allowing you to talk without worry
- Don’t fall out of your mouth
- Are strong and durable for chewing foods you love
- Aren’t susceptible to cavities with an implanted crown
- Offer a time-tested, predictable result for tooth repair
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
If you’re missing a single tooth or a couple of teeth, you might be the perfect candidate for dental implants. Your jaw must be finished growing, and your gums must be healthy. That’s why dental implants are a fantastic solution for adults, not children.
You may also be a good candidate for implants if you’re fed up with uncomfortable dentures, or it’s time to replace a bridge or partial dentures. Women or men wanting a permanent, lifelong solution to ongoing dental work may be exceptional dental implant candidates. Get all your questions about dental implants answered during a consultation with your dentist. Implant treatment might be right for you.
It’s time to take the first step toward a more confident smile and a more confident you. Request an appointment online or call BENE Dental today.