After you have suffered tooth loss, you probably will seek out the options for tooth replacement. Currently, the gold standard for tooth replacement is a dental implant. Dental implants:
- Are long-lasting (being able to endure up to 20 years without replacement)
- Function just like natural teeth and are stable since they are implanted into the jaw bone
- Resemble the appearance and feel of natural teeth
Dr. Craig W. Conrow DDS MS FACP is a board-certified prosthodontist dedicated to cosmetic, restorative, and implant dentistry. Sometimes patients that are seeking information about dental implants find pages upon pages on the subject. It could get confusing sifting through all that information, particularly since only a dentist can give you specific answers about your oral situation. However, when you see a dentist specializing in implant dentistry, you should be concerned with the following three questions.
How do dental implants work?
The real beauty of dental implants rests in their ability to simulate teeth roots. After placing the implant into the jawbone, it fuses into the bone giving the implant stability. This fusing can last for decades with minimal maintenance. Top-grade dental implants are composed of titanium, titanium alloy, zirconium, or a mixture of these materials. All the named substances are biocompatible—meaning they can be assimilated into the body.
What can affect candidacy for dental implants?
Each patient’s overall health and lifestyle play a role in the candidacy for implants. Hence, it is vital for patients to receive a comprehensive oral exam before moving ahead with the procedure. Additionally, the patient should have a complete medical exam as well. Medical conditions like diabetes and lack of bone density in the jaw can result in the rejection of candidacy.
Will I need a bone graft?
Sometimes a bone graft is required, but not for every patient. After going through an oral exam, we will be able to determine if a dental graft is necessary.