Dental implants are quickly becoming the choice for replacement of missing teeth. We see many patients at our San Bruno, CA Dental Implants Dentist office inquiring about dental implants – what they are, how they work, etc. Here’s a short list of some of the more frequently asked questions.
What does a dental implant do?
A dental implant basically replaces the root portion of your missing tooth in order to restore normal chewing function and the appearance of your smile. The implant integrates with the jaw bone through a process called osseointegration, eventually allowing placement of dental restorations that may include a single tooth or an entire arch. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaw and may also be used as stabilizing elements for dentures.
What is the benefit of a dental implant?
Dental implants provide a long-term solution for replacement of missing teeth that is designed to look, feel and function as a natural tooth. Because dental implants are a ‘stand-alone’ fixture, they also provide a tooth replacement option that does not damage or put stress on surrounding teeth.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?
Anyone with one or more missing teeth or someone who wear dentures is a good candidate for dental implants. In general, if you’re healthy enough to undergo tooth extraction you are most likely healthy enough to receive a dental implant.
Are dental implants successful in long-term use?
The long-term success rate for dental implants is very high. Before proceeding with a treatment plan, your San Bruno Dental Implant dentist will conduct a comprehensive exam of your jaw to determine if there is sufficient bone density to place an implant.
Will my dental implant need continued dental maintenance?
Of course, your routine of professional dental visits for exams and cleanings will continue as normal after placement of your implant. Maintaining routine visits along with diligent at-home oral health care will guarantee the long life of the dental implant as well as your overall oral health.