If you have a missing tooth or a tooth that needs to be removed, Dr. Yoo might recommend a dental implant as an option for tooth replacement. Many patients prefer dental implants because they look and function like your natural teeth.
We understand that you might have questions about dental implants and the procedure. At the Aubrey Dentist, you can expect compassionate care as you learn about your treatment options. To keep you informed, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
To understand dental implants, it’s helpful to know a little about the anatomy of teeth. A tooth is made up of the crown, the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline, and the root, which is unseen and holds the tooth in the jawbone.
Dentures and dental bridges are popular options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, but they only replace the crown of the tooth. Dental implants, in contrast, are the most advanced and most preferred tooth-replacement option because they are designed to replace the entire tooth from the root to the crown.
A dental implant uses a titanium alloy post that acts as an artificial root to secure your new tooth in place. The replacement tooth is then attached to the implant post. Once your dental implant procedure is complete, it will function like a natural tooth and restore the appearance of your smile.
Why are dental implants a preferred option for replacing teeth?
Because dental implants replace your full tooth, including the root, they can last for the lifetime of your other natural teeth. They are also permanently in place, avoiding slipping that can occur with an option like dentures.
When you lose a tooth, the gap can cause surrounding teeth to move out of alignment. You can also experience bone loss and facial sagging. Fortunately, since a dental implant replaces your tooth’s root, it prevents bone loss and movement of adjacent teeth.
Who can get dental implants?
Many patients are good candidates for dental implants. If you are in good general health, have healthy gums, and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you.
If you have bone loss in your jaw, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone so it can effectively support a dental implant. Your dentist or dental specialist will be able to tell you if bone grafting is possible for you.
Schedule a Consultation at the Aubrey Dentist
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and whether they are right for your oral health needs, schedule a consultation with the Aubrey Dentist. Dr. Yoo will assess your teeth, mouth, and jaw to determine the best treatment plan for you.
We are pleased to offer free consultations for our patients. You will only be responsible for the cost of a CBCT or X-ray if they are necessary for a comprehensive diagnosis.