A lost tooth can be one of the most distressing things to happen when it comes to your oral hygiene and health, but advancements in dental care and cosmetic dentistry have given patients more options when it comes to replacing a lost tooth or row of teeth.
Dental implants were first performed in 1965 and have grown in popularity in recent years.
Beth Abraham Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a list of frequently asked questions that you might have when it comes to dental implants.
How Does a Dental Implant Work?
A titanium screw—the implant—acts as the root of your missing tooth and screws into the jawbone. The bone then fuses to the screw to give the implant stability.
The abutment is the piece of titanium that sticks out and does the work of the tooth, and a crown is attached to the abutment to make it look natural. If you need implants for more than one tooth, a bridge is used.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Last?
Taking proper care of your implant can assure that it lasts a lifetime. This includes daily brushing and flossing as well as getting a checkup at a dental office every six months.
Who Is a Good Candidate for a Dental Implant?
The patient will need to have a strong jawbone and be in good oral health (free of gum disease). People suffering from diabetes and other diseases like Parkinson’s are at greater risk of infection or complications, so talk to your dentist about any pre-existing health conditions.
Are Dental Implants Better Than Dentures?
Dental implants are more durable, permanent, but also more expensive. Dentures are better options for those with unhealthy or weak jaws and those who would prefer to remove the teeth for any reason.
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