Dental Implants FAQ
We are sure you have a lot of questions about how dental implants can help you, so University Periodontal Associates put the answers to the questions we hear most frequently all in one place.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tiny piece of metal with big effects. Resembling a rod made of titanium, we “implant” one or more of these in your jaw where there used to be a tooth root. The implant actually bonds to you and your bone, becoming part of the body. On top of the implant goes a dental crown, a cap designed to protect the implant and blend in with the rest of your teeth.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Implants?
There are a lot of positives about dental implants. Some of the highlights include: being able to eat your favorite foods, permanently stop the deterioration of your jawbone to keep you looking young, brand new teeth that are immune to decay, and easy maintenance that requires no special cleaning supplies.
There are not as many downsides to implants, though there are still a few. They can cost more than other tooth restoration options and require surgery. The cost is offset over time, however, and the surgery typically has less of an impact on your overall health than other restorative options.
Can an Implant Benefit You?
We think that dental implants can benefit anyone who is missing at least one adult tooth. There are even dental implants that can replace a full arch of teeth, just like dentures. You may not be able to immediately benefit from implants if you are currently suffering from gum disease or have lost enough bone volume to make placing an implant unsafe.
What is the Implant Placement Like?
The initial placement is pretty easy, and can often be performed the same day you come in for a consultation. Sometimes we may decide that you need a bone graft to better support the implant, or you may have a case of periodontitis that needs to be cleaned up first. Extractions are performed if you still have any of the unhealthy or damaged teeth that the implant is replacing. Once you are good to go, you will receive some local anesthesia to numb any discomfort and one of our skilled surgeons will place the implant with the help of X-rays and scans taken earlier. It will take some time for the implant to completely fuse with your bone, usually at least several months.
What if Implants Are Not for You?
The truth is that implants are not for everyone. There are different reasons for this, but the end result is the same — you need a viable alternative that will restore your teeth. Dentures and dental bridges have helped countless people. Though they have their disadvantages, they are fast and affordable.
Even More Questions?
We have answers! Get all of your dental implant questions answered by one of our dental professionals here at University Periodontal Associates. call us at (832) 975-0990 today.