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Five Questions you must ask before getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace missing teeth. They serve as a strong and stable foundation for replacement teeth, providing a natural-looking and functional solution.

Dr. Zak talks about dental implants and how they can improve your smile.


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Five Questions you must ask before getting Dental Implants

What are some important questions that should be ask when considering dental implants with a dentist?

In summary, before getting dental implants, it’s important to ask your dentist the following questions:

  • Am I a good candidate for implants?
  • Is the dentist an expert in placing implants?
  • How long will the implants last?
  • What sedation options are available?
  • Who will restore the implants?

It’s also recommended to choose a specialty group practice where an oral surgeon or periodontist places the implant and a restorative dentist restores it for the best results.

Here is an overview of the key aspects of dental implants:

Components of Dental Implants:

  • Implant Fixture: This is the part that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It typically consists of titanium, which has the ability to fuse with the bone through a process called osseointegration.
  • Abutment: This is the connector piece that attaches to the implant fixture and protrudes above the gumline. It serves as a connection point for the replacement tooth or teeth.
  • Prosthesis (Crown, Bridge, or Denture): The prosthesis is the artificial tooth or set of teeth that are attached to the abutment. It is custom-made to match the patient’s natural teeth in color, shape, and size.

Surgical Procedure:

  • Dental implant placement is typically performed in stages. The first stage involves surgically placing the implant fixture into the jawbone. After this step, a healing period is necessary to allow osseointegration to occur.
  • Once osseointegration is complete, the abutment is attached to the implant, and impressions are taken to create a custom prosthesis.
  • Finally, the prosthesis is securely attached to the abutment, completing the dental implant restoration.

Types of Dental Implants:

  • Single Tooth Implants: Used to replace a single missing tooth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges: Multiple missing teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge, which is a series of connected crowns.
  • Implant-Supported Dentures: Full arches of missing teeth can be replaced with implant-supported dentures for increased stability and function.

Benefits of Dental Implants:

  • Natural Appearance: Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth.
  • Durability: With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
  • Preservation of Jawbone: Implants help prevent bone loss in the jaw, maintaining facial structure.
  • Improved Function: Implants provide strong and stable support for chewing and speaking.

Candidacy for Dental Implants:

Good candidates for dental implants generally have good oral health, sufficient jawbone density, and are in good overall health. In some cases, bone grafts may be recommended to enhance the jawbone.

It’s important to consult with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon to determine if dental implants are the right option for your specific situation. They will assess your oral health, discuss treatment options, and create a personalized plan for your dental implant procedure.