Did you know that over 30 million Americans are missing one or more of their teeth? If you or someone you know are among this group and considering dental implants, we’d like to share with you five of the most commonly asked questions:
- What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants offer a more comfortable and a more permanent solution to traditional dentures. Dental implants are titanium posts placed in the jawbone. They permanently integrate into the jaw through new bone formation around the implants, which usually takes about 4-6 months.
- When usually is the best time to begin the process?
The bone that anchors the teeth to the jaw is lost when teeth are extracted. It is best to begin the implant process as soon as a tooth is lost in order to maintain an adequate amount of bone. However, there are many procedures that can rebuild the lost bone and allow dental implants to be placed in areas where teeth have been missing for years.
- Why are dental implants better than traditional dentures?
In addition to providing patients with a more comfortable and long lasting solution to missing teeth, implants offer improvement over dentures in chewing and tasting foods. Since the roof of the mouth has many taste buds (in addition to the tongue), an upper denture that covers the roof of the mouth inhibits the ability to properly taste foods.
- Do they require any special care?
Caring for implants is similar to natural teeth. You can brush, floss, and use a Waterpik around implants. It is important to maintain your bi-annual dental visits with implants so your dentist can make sure they are healthy and functioning properly.
- How affordable are dental implants?
Dental implants are an affordable investment in the future health of your mouth. Payment plans and financing are available. Our office is happy to assist with finding the financial option that works best for you.
If you are interested in learning more about implants, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation to find out if they are right for you, please contact our office. We will be glad to answer any questions.