|Dental Implant FAQ
If you have missing teeth, you may be considering getting dental implants or searching for suitable solutions to restore your smile. If you are still unsure, you may find that a dental implant is the perfect replacement option for a missing tooth. Since it is best to have all of the information before getting into it, our professionals at Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates have provided this list of frequently asked questions about dental implants and all the answers you may need.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a form of restorative dentistry used to replace missing teeth. They are tiny titanium posts that are surgically placed inside the jawbone of a patient. This tiny titanium acts as a tooth root, and is placed so that the jawbone can grow around it and fuse it into place firmly. Once it is healed, an abutment is placed on top of it in the gum, forming a screw that holds a crown in place. Once all these three come together, it looks like a natural tooth and functions exactly as one too with no issues.
Who Should Get Dental Implants?
Typically, anyone who is missing one tooth or more can get dental implants. A single tooth implant is for one tooth, while multiple tooth implants are done for patients who have lost several teeth. However, sure candidates for dental implants are patients with a healthy jawbone. They will have appropriate bone mass. If our professionals evaluate that your bone mass is below the required quality, you may be required to undergo a bone graft procedure before getting your implants.
What Is The Procedure for Getting Dental Implants?
Getting dental implants placed takes a period of time. Our team will assess your medical records, bone health, and also see if you need to extract any teeth. If everything is fine, the procedure is done under local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Our professionals will surgically place the titanium post in your jawbone. The implant is absolutely compatible with the human body, and is left to heal over a period of months. Once healed, the abutment is placed and your artificial tooth crown is placed to complete the procedure.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Apart from offering you a lifelong restoration for your missing teeth, dental implants have many other merits. As tooth roots, they ensure that your jawbone continues to be stimulated to keep them healthy. This also means that you will not suffer bone loss in that area. Also, they function as your natural teeth and that means that all you need to care for them is your regular and healthy oral hygiene, coupled with your routine dental visits.
How Affordable Are Dental Implants?
The pricing of dental implants actually depends on how many missing teeth you are replacing, and also if there are other procedures involved like initial extraction of damaged teeth, or bone grafts. Either way, it is always worth it, as dental implants will last you a lifetime. If you have more questions about implants, please call Joshua M. Ignatowicz DMD & Associates today at 725-257-2220 for answers.
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