Are you looking into whether dental implants are a suitable treatment option for your tooth loss? These prosthetics make for wonderful replacement teeth that support oral health and improve oral function. Dental implants are also very durable and lifelike. If implant dentistry interests you, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our experienced prosthodontist.
Following are helpful answers to common questions about dental implants.
What is a dental implant, exactly?
A dental implant is a prosthetic that replaces the root of a missing tooth. Once it’s stabilized by the jawbone, it is used to support permanent restorations such as dental crowns or prosthetics like bridges to complete the tooth replacement process. Dental implants and their accompanying prosthetics/restorations are fixed and do not require removal for cleaning or overnight soaking.
What do dental implants look like?
Dental implants look somewhat like a screw. They’re made from titanium and have a tapered end and ridged texture. The metal they are made from (titanium) is compatible with the body’s tissues. This means the jawbone surrounding the implant will integrate to its structure to hold it in place for long-term use.
How do I care for implants?
Caring for dental implants is surprisingly easy. They are brushed and flossed alongside natural teeth. Some patients invest in water irrigators to enhance their oral hygiene regimen. A water irrigator is a great way to clean underneath restorations and prosthetics safely.
Although implants and their restorations/prosthetics are resistant to disease, it is still important to keep routine appointments for checkups and cleanings. Dental implants rely on support from the bone and gingiva. Keeping these tissues healthy will ensure that your implant lasts for years to come.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants have a very long lifespan. In many cases, they can last for a lifetime.
If dental implants interest you, call Dakota Prosthodontics and Implant Center to schedule a consultation. During your visit, our prosthodontist will review your health history and perform a thorough examination to determine if this treatment option suits your needs.