Here at Family Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry, it is not unusual for us to receive a patient suffering from missing teeth who has never even heard of dental implants. These patients have usually just developed their missing tooth or teeth and are just beginning to look into what treatment options are open to them. Because of this, our knowledgeable staff hasn’t gotten very experienced at answering any and all dental implant related questions. However, over time we’ve begun to notice that some questions seem to get asked far more frequently than others. In order to make things a little bit easier on our Harford County, MD area patients, we went ahead and gathered up the most frequently asked questions our office receives and had Dr. Richard Grubb answer them below. If you don’t see your question answered below, or would like more clarification on a point, please feel free to contact our office and speak to one of your team members today.
Dental implants are artificial recreations of natural teeth. Through the use of a titanium fixture piece, implants are able to perfectly replicate the feel and function of your natural tooth roots. They are then covered with natural-looking porcelain crowns, which allows them to fit in perfectly with the rest of your smile. Implants can help you smile confidently once again, as they blend in perfectly and will not be exposed to outside observers.
Not every tooth restoration treatment is perfect for every patient. In order to properly determine whether or not dental implants can provide the quality of treatment you are looking for, you will need to visit our office and attend a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Grubb. However, if your jawbone and gums are healthy and strong, and your mouth is free from conditions like tooth decay and gum disease, then chances are high that implants will be able to work for your needs.
For the most part, any dentist that has attended an implant training session can provide the treatment. However, you will need more information before you will be able to determine if they are the best dentist to place your implants. Just because a dentist can perform the treatment doesn’t mean they’re the best option, and you will want to find a dentist who has a proven success rate with the treatment.
Dental implants come with many benefits that set them apart from other restoration treatments. For instance, because implants are directly fused to your jawbone through the process of osseointegration, they should never get loose or move out of place, both of which are common problems associated with dentures and dental bridges. This permanence also makes it easier to care for implants, whereas other treatments need to be removed regularly for cleaning and soaking.
How long your dental implant treatment will last largely depends on you and how well you take care of them. On average, dental implants last around thirteen years before they will need to be replaced. However, if you care for them properly, which includes regular brushing, flossing, and checkup appointments, your implants can end up lasting you a lifetime.
Do you have any additional questions or concerns you would like addressed before you choose to restore your missing teeth with dental implants? Then contact our office and schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Richard Grubb today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!