Your Dental Implant FAQs, Answered
Did you know that dental implants are today’s gold standard in tooth replacement treatment? Dental implants offer many health and aesthetic benefits over other types of tooth replacements. If you’d like to learn more about dental implants and whether they could benefit your smile, talk to your Sanford dentist.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement with three parts. A titanium post is inserted surgically into your jaw, where it fuses with the bone and acts as the tooth root. An abutment, or attachment, joints the dental implant and the visible tooth replacement, the crown. Dental implants can also be used to anchor bridges and dentures, in which case the abutment attaches to the denture rather than a crown.
Who Can Receive Dental Implants?
Anyone who has lost a tooth and whose jaw is no longer growing can receive a dental implant. Candidates should be in good oral health and free of periodontal disease before implants are placed. If your jaw has suffered deterioration, you may still be eligible for a dental implant after a bone grafting procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The titanium post in your jaw transfers the forces of biting and chewing to the bone, just as your natural tooth roots do. This keeps the jaw strong and prevents bone resorption. Dental implants look just like natural teeth and cannot slip or shift while eating or speaking. They never need to be removed for cleaning, and with the right care will last a lifetime.
How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?
Caring for dental implants is just like caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss the implant daily, taking care to floss up around the abutment to prevent plaque buildup that could lead to gum disease. Continue visiting your dentist for followup and cleanings twice a year.
Would you like to learn more about dental implants in Sanford? Contact Sanford Dental Excellence by clicking on our website or calling (407) 268-6409 today. Dr. Seidler will be happy to discuss your dental health and treatment options.