Modern dental restorations are designed to function like the natural teeth do, and no other treatment has had as much success in this challenge as dental implants. If you are considering dental implants to replace missing or extracted teeth in your smile, review these FAQs to start learning about the details of treatment.
How are dental implants different than dentures?
Dentures replace teeth on the superficial level, but they do not provide any structure under the gum line. They are not permanent and need to be removed for cleaning. Dental implants look and act like your natural teeth right down to the jaw line. Implants are affixed to the jaw, which prevents bone loss and ensures a secure fit for the new tooth to allow optimal freedom in eating, speaking, and oral hygiene.
What steps are involved in treatment?
The process of treatment with dental implants is rather extensive and takes place over a series of visits to the dentist’s office. Because of the significant long-term benefits of dental implants, many patients find the initial investment in treatment worth the time when they see and feel the final results. Individual treatment timelines can vary depending on the need for bone restructuring before the placement of the implant.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
Dental implants are a treatment for tooth loss, and ideally patients will seek treatment just after the tooth is extracted so that optimal bone tissue is still in place in the jaw. Treatment can take place down the road as well, but the process will be more complex because bone grafting will likely be needed before implants are put in. Only your dentist will be able to determine your candidacy for dental implants, though, so you should schedule a consultation to explore all of your treatment options.
Under the care of John Carson, DDS, you can make informed decisions about your smile and restorative therapies that will give you healthier teeth worth showing off. To schedule an appointment at Dr. Carson’s Tucson dental practice, call (520) 514-7203 today.