If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for dental implants. But you may have lots of questions about implants and the process for placement. Read on to learn some frequently asked questions.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement. It consists of a small titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, an abutment, and then topped by a crown, bridge, partial denture or full denture. The process takes some time as you need to wait for the post to integrate into your jawbone before placing the abutment and artificial tooth or teeth.
What are the advantages?
Dental implants can take some time in the process, but they can last a lifetime and give you the improved confidence you desire. As dental implants are made of titanium, they will never decay.
Dental implants offer great advantages over dentures. By securing the artificial root into the jaw, dental implants will help maintain the structure, density and integrity of the jaw. The jaw will wear down over time with dentures. And unlike dentures, a dental implant also improves your ability to eat the foods you like without worrying about your false teeth breaking or falling out.
How long do dental implants last?
With good care, studies show you can expect dental implants to last 30 or more years. By taking care of your oral health and overall health, avoiding smoking or other tobacco use, and getting regular checkups and dental cleanings, you can ensure your dental implants will last for decades.
Who is a good candidate?
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. Dr. Jirik will tell you your options for tooth replacement and customize a specific plan for you.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4 involves replacing all missing teeth in either the top jaw, lower jaw or both. This is a good alternative to patients who don’t want to go the route of dentures.
Dental implants offer numerous benefits over other tooth restoration options, not to mention a natural look and feel. If you think dental implants could improve your smile, call 501-843-9561 to schedule a consultation.