Questions to ask your dentist about implant dentistry

If you are looking to get dental implants, it’s crucial to know that not all dentists are thoroughly trained and experienced in implant dentistry. Here are some questions to ask your dentist:

What is implant dentistry?

Implant dentistry focuses on providing patients a wide a variety of different options. There are many methods, but all implants are made of a synthetic tooth root embedded in the jawbone below the gum line. An abutment connects to the implant, onto which a dentist attached a crown or another restoration piece. You may need only a few implants or a single jaw of teeth.

Can any dentist provide dental implants?

No. Not all dentists are trained in implant dentistry. Seek an American Academy of Implant Dentistry credentialed dentist who is well versed in the planning and placement of implants.

Why choose implants over dentures?

Many patients choose dental implants because they look and feel like natural teeth. Unlike dentures that can slip or move around in your mouth, dental implants provide the strength and efficiency needed to speak, laugh and chew. And implants retain the jawbone, unlike dentures, which put pressure on the jawbone and cause it to shrink.

How long is dental implant treatment?

Each patient has unique circumstances that will determine how long the process will be for them. Medical health, dental health, the quality, quantity and location of the available jawbone, as the techniques and materials used will dictate how long it should take to complete. Dr. Jirik will share a treatment plan with you that provides an estimate once a comprehensive exam and necessary diagnostics are completed.

How safe are dental implants?

Success rates are well over 90 percent, proving implants to be safe and effective. That’s why it’s important to choose a well-trained implant dentist to handle any problems and minimize the risk of complications.

How do I care for my implants?

You will care for your dental implants just as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily, and see your dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. With proper placement and care, dental implants can last for decades.

If you want to learn more about the various dental implant procedures and which one is right for you, call us today at (501) 843-9561 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jirik.

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