How much do you know about dental implants? Do you know that they are the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent? It’s true, and there are probably many more benefits you don’t know about dental implants. Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, offer dental implants to save your smile.
These are just a few frequently asked questions and answers about dental implants:
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth. During a simple in-office procedure, the dental implant screw is placed in your jaw. Over time, bone grows in around the implant screw, locking it in place. The screw functions as the “root” of your missing tooth. After the dental implant screw is completely embedded in bone and the area has healed, a beautiful dental implant crown is placed over the dental implant screw, and you have a new tooth!
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Unlike other tooth replacement options, dental implants are fixed in place, so you never remove them, and they will never move around when you speak or eat. They are truly a permanent part of your smile. They also provide exquisite beauty because dental implant crowns are made of porcelain, a light-reflective material that closely resembles tooth enamel. Dental implants look completely natural and work just like natural teeth.
How many teeth can I replace with dental implants?
You can replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can also provide a supportive foundation for a denture, called an overdenture, or implant-supported denture.
How can I take care of my dental implants?
Another amazing benefit of dental implants is that you can brush and floss them just like natural teeth. The easy maintenance of dental implants helps you keep a beautiful, healthy smile.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
If you are generally healthy, dental implants will work for you. There are some lifestyle issues and medical conditions which can affect the healing of dental implants. Be sure and tell your dentist if you use tobacco products, drink excessive amounts of alcohol, have uncontrolled diabetes, or have had cancer or radiation in your jaws or face.
These are just a few common questions and answers about dental implants. To find out more about the benefits of dental implants and how they can improve your smile, call Dr. Jessica Owens and Dr. Zachary Hairston at Art of Dentistry in Danville, VA, today!