Dental Implant FAQ
Dental implants are an increasingly common solution for missing teeth. Teeth may need to be replaced due to decay or severe gum disease. If the gaps are left open, then the mouth is prone to further damage resulting from bacterial buildups which can lead to infection.
Gaps left from missing teeth are also sensitive to solid particles and it may be painful to chew for some patients. If you want to replace your teeth with something more sophisticated than dentures or bridges, then dental implants might be the right option for you.
Here at Blue Periodontics, our team of specialists is here to answer any questions that you may have regarding dental implants. There are many common questions that patients have about implants, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to answer some of them. Continue reading to get some information that is commonly requested for dental implants.
What exactly are dental implants?
A: Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that fill the gaps left from missing teeth. Implants replace the entire root of the affected tooth and are anchored directly into the jawline, whereas a traditional bridge is anchored to the adjacent teeth. The implant includes the root of the tooth and the crown.
What are the parts of a dental implant?
: The actual parts of the prosthetic itself consists of three main components. The first part is the post, which acts as the anchor to attach to the jaw. The second part is the abutment, which acts as a point of attachment for the post and the crown. The final part is the crown, which is the part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth.
What are dental implants made of?
A: The implant posts are almost always made with titanium alloys. Titanium is a special metal that fuses to bone material better than most other synthetic materials and it is extremely durable. Plus, it is very rare to be allergic to titanium so it should mesh well with almost everybody. The crown of the implant is usually made of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or zirconia.
Are dental implants expensive?
A: The upfront cost of dental implants can be more expensive than traditional methods of replacing missing teeth. However, once the implants are installed, they hardly ever require additional visits to the dentist’s office for maintenance. If you clean your teeth regularly, you should not have any issues with the implant.
Are dental implants removable?
A: No, unlike dentures, implants are permanent fixtures in your mouth. For many, this is an advantage as the implant is secure and you do not have to worry about removing them for cleaning or comfort.
How do I care for dental implants?
A: Caring for dental implants is extremely easy. All you have to do is keep them clean the same way you would your regular teeth, by brushing, flossing, and making regularly scheduled trips to the dentist’s office for check-ups.
Dental implants are a permanent solution for missing teeth. If you have any additional questions that were not answered here, please call Blue Periodontics at (970) 678-3473 to get more information.