At Gibson & Bartholomew Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry, Dr. Kurt Gibson and Dr. Tripp Bartholomew we often get a lot of questions on the most effective ways to replace a missing tooth. In this FAQ section, we have provided some of the most common questions that patients have when we recommend them dental implants
for their missing teeth.
Let’s take a look at them:
What are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a strong and durable device typically made of titanium. This device is in the shape of a screw and used to replace the root of a missing tooth. A dental implant is placed into the tooth socket of a lost tooth and allowed to fuse to the bone through a process of osseointegration. Once the jaw has fully healed, we will attach a small post known as an abutment to your dental implant, which will serve to hold the artificial tooth or dental crown. Crowns, inlays, or onlays. treat decayed or damaged teeth that cannot be treated with fillings. To learn more about the difference between dental crowns vs inlays and onlays give us a call.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is the fusion of a biocompatible material like titanium to the bones of the jaw. This process results in added strength and stability for the jaw and is crucial for the success of your dental implant.
Why is it Necessary to Replace a Missing Tooth with a Dental Implant?
Once a tooth is lost, the bone in that part of the jaw dissolves back into the body. This is a natural process that is brought upon by the lack of stimulation that your jawbone receives. However, this will reduce the height and depth of your alveolar ridge, the bony ridge that supports your teeth and will make your facial features sag. Using other tooth replacement options like dental bridges and dentures is not enough to prevent jawbone loss. That is why we strongly recommend you get dental implants once you lose your teeth.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Fortunately, most people with a fully-matured jaw and generally good oral health are good candidates for dental implants. However, people who are not committed to good oral hygiene or a good lifestyle, as well as people who have certain medical conditions, may need to consult Dr. Kurt Gibson and Dr. Tripp Bartholomew to determine if a dental implant is a good tooth replacement option for them.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the most effective and long-lasting tooth replacement option. Dental implants can provide you with the most realistic-looking, comfortable, and functional artificial teeth. With dental implants, you get the freedom to eat all of your favorite food, speak without a lisp, and smile with confidence. Dental implants have up to a 98% success rate and can last for over 25 years with good oral care. We'll provide more info on how dental implants compare to a real tooth in your first appointment.
Do Dental Implants Last?
The beauty of dental implants is that they are highly resistant to corrosion. Titanium is a biocompatible and hypoallergenic material, which means it does not cause any adverse reactions to human tissue. However, just because you have artificial teeth does not mean you can neglect your oral hygiene. If you allow tartar to accumulate on your teeth, it can lead to gum and bone damage that can reduce the stability of your dental implants and lead to implant failure. That’s why it is very important to exercise good oral hygiene and keep your six-month dental appointments with us if you want your dental implants to last for over 25 years.
How Long Does it Take To Get Dental Implants?
A dental implant procedure requires long-term commitment as it may take anywhere between six to twelve months depending on the health of your jaw. If your jawbone has low density, you will be required to undergo jawbone grafting which will take a further three to four months to heal. Dr. Kurt Gibson and Dr. Tripp Bartholomew can make a personalized treatment plan for you and inform you of how long it will take for your treatment to be completed.
Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?
During the procedure, most patients will be given local anesthesia as well as some form of sedation, so you will feel little to no pain. After the procedure and once the anesthesia wears off, you may experience some bleeding and swelling of the gums for which we will give you some simple painkillers. This discomfort will last for just a few days. If you experience increased bleeding, swelling, and pain, accompanied by a fever, call us immediately for an urgent appointment.
If you have some more questions about dental implants, call us at (336) 283-2593