Questions About Dental Implants? We Have the Answers | 11357 Dental Implants

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You may be considering dental implants if one or more of your permanent teeth are missing. The use of dental implants has become very popular as a modern alternative to dentures and/or missing teeth. As they are fixed in place, they feel like your own teeth, giving patients a boost of confidence and making daily life more enjoyable for them.

An area of your jaw that is no longer supported by a tooth lacks stimulation from the tooth root. This causes the jawbone to weaken in that area. Dental implants replace missing teeth and roots, protecting and preserving the jawbone while also protecting the adjacent teeth and gums. However, many individuals are concerned about implants and have questions about them. In the following sections, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

A dental implant by itself is not a tooth; it is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. It consists of a titanium post/fixture that is inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown (cap), a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or a full denture can be fitted. After the implant integrates with the bone, a structure known as an abutment is attached to the implant, and the artificial tooth is attached. Therefore, an implanted tooth has 3 distinct parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the replacement tooth.

Who should consider dental implants?

People who are missing just one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of their teeth can usually benefit from dental implants. Consult with your Queens Dental Implants specialist about your specific needs.

How are dental implants beneficial?

Humans have 2 sets of teeth (baby teeth and adult/permanent teeth). When one or more permanent teeth are lost due to decay or gum disease, dental implants can act as a third set of fixed teeth! Having dental implants can improve your appearance, your confidence, and your ability to eat the foods you enjoy and live an active lifestyle without having to worry about your teeth. Unlike natural teeth, titanium implants will never decay.

Are there any disadvantages to dental implants?

As with any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and discomfort, but your implant specialist will discuss how these can be managed for your specific situation. If there is not enough bone to support the implant, bone and gum grafting may be necessary, which can increase the cost of your treatment. Nevertheless, the upfront investment is often worthwhile in the long run.

How successful are dental implants?

Depending on one’s health and habits, implants can differ from person to person. Implants are reported to be successful in 90% to 95% of patients with good oral hygiene and good health.

I have partial or full dentures. Will dental implants help me?

Implants are most common in patients who wear partial or full dentures. Implants can be used for retention and support for a removable implant overdenture that snaps onto the implants. As a result, the partial or full denture does not move, which thus reduces the need for denture adhesives or denture glue. Implants can also be used for a fixed denture, in which a patient’s dentures are fixed to the implants using titanium components.

Knowledge is power, and by knowing the answers to common questions, you are far more likely to achieve a strong, beautiful smile that will last for many years to come. To find out how dental implants could improve your smile, contact our Dental Implant Queens office today.

Queens Center for Implant and Sedation Dentistry
Phone: 718-767-9224
14-19 150th Street 1A
Whitestone, NY 11357