Frequently Asked Questions About Dental implants

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental implants

While dental implants are typically more expensive than other tooth replacement options, they are some of the most effective tooth replacement options available today. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of over 97 percent. You may have some questions about getting dental implants, so here are some things to know about the whole process.

  • What are dental implants?

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed in the jawbone and act as an anchor for the replacement teeth. They can replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.

  • What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone and are stable and secure, unlike dentures. Dental implants require only the same care as natural teeth, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Dental implants look and feel very natural, and the restorations are visually indistinguishable from your other teeth.

  • What different types of dental implants exist?

Dental implants are designed to replace missing teeth. However, there are several different types of implants available. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. The most popular type of dental implant is the endosteal implant, which is implanted directly into the jawbone. However, there are also subperiosteal implants, which are placed on top of the jawbone, and zygomatic implants, which are implanted into the cheekbone.

  • Do dental implants last forever?

Dental implants trigger a process called osseointegration, which fuses the titanium implant with the jawbone. This integration results in the artificial tooth having a strong, stable foundation.

Dental implants mimic your natural teeth in structure, function, and appearance. Once they are restored with crowns or bridges, they look and feel exactly like your natural teeth. When they are well-cared, they can last even a lifetime. 

  • Are dental implants painful?

Some patients are concerned about the pain associated with dental implants. However, the procedure itself is generally painless. A local anesthetic is used to numb the patient’s gums and tooth roots. Some patients experience minor discomfort after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication. We can also provide sedation dentistry services, such as nitrous oxide, to help make your procedure more comfortable.

To learn more about our dental procedures or to schedule your appointment for dental checkups, call Whitlow Dental Care at (559)441-7700.

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