Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Below are some of the most frequently-asked questions that our Lawton dentist Dr. Michael Jackson receives from his patients regarding dental implants. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us at our Lawton OK dental practice today!
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most advanced therapy available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are root replacements for missing teeth. Replacement teeth are created by your dentist and placed on the foundation provided by dental implants. Dental implant restorations generally look, feel and act like natural teeth.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are made with materials well accepted by the body. Bone forms a natural mechanical bond with the dental implants. Dental implants provide a base for your dentist to build your replacement tooth or teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
Did you know that oral health is a major factor of good general health?¹ Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants and implant crowns should allow you to live your life as if you had never suffered from missing teeth. When your dental implant treatment is complete, you should be able to chew, speak and socialize without experiencing the negative emotions that having missing teeth can sometimes cause.
Dental implants with implant crowns will help minimize the amount of bone that will be lost in the areas of missing teeth. Preserving oral bone may help maintain your remaining natural teeth and natural facial contours. Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants may also reduce your risk of having poorer nutritional habits often found in patients who do not replace missing teeth.¹
How Can Dental Implants Improve My Health?
People with missing teeth or non-implant-supported options have problems eating certain foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, which can compromise their nutrition. Denture-wearing patients often lose some of their ability to taste foods. In addition, chewing can be difficult and painful so digestion is often compromised. Because dental implants function more like teeth, these offer the benefit of better health due to improved nutrition and taste, as well as proper digestion.
Are Dental Implants Difficult To Take Care Of?
Dental implants are designed to be a long lasting solution for tooth loss and are cared for with brushing and flossing,just like natural teeth. Caring for non-implant tooth replacements can be much less convenient compared to dental implant-supported teeth. Dental implants also eliminate the need to use messy dental adhesives.
Are Dental Implants Expensive?
Although dental implants may sometimes have a higher initial cost, when all the ongoing expenses of other treatment options are added up, most people would agree that dental implants are more than worth it!
When you contrast the time investment that dental implant therapy requires versus the repeated office visits required for adjustments, special cleanings and replacements for partials, bridges and dentures, it is easy to imagine how much better life can be with dental implants.
Am I A Candidate For Dental Implants And Implant-Retained Teeth?
Dental implants are one option for treatment of missing teeth available to you. Only your dentist can recommend a treatment option that is right for you and your unique situation, but most patients can be treated with dental implants. Your dentist will want to evaluate you carefully with an examination and x-rays and will make specific recommendations to you about the best treatment to replace your missing teeth. Ask your dentist today for more information on how you might benefit from dental implants and dental implant crowns.