Unlocking the Secret to Dental Implants: Your Questions Answered | Dr. Warren Kaggen

You may be considering dental implants if one or more of your permanent teeth are missing. Dental implants have become very popular as a modern alternative to dentures and dental bridges. 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. Dental implants replace missing teeth and roots, protecting and preserving jaw bone while also protecting the adjacent teeth and gums. However, many individuals are concerned about implants and have questions about them. Let’s discuss some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant by itself is not a tooth; it is a prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. People who are missing one or more teeth can usually benefit from dental implants. It consists of a titanium post/fixture inserted into the jawbone, on top of which a single crown, a fixed bridge, a partial denture, or a complete 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. The three distinct parts of a dental implant are the implant itself, the abutment, and the replacement tooth.

What are the Disadvantages of Dental Implants?

As with any minor oral surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection, inflammation, and discomfort, but an 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. 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 Dentures or Full Dentures. Will Dental Implants Help Me?

Implants are the most common procedure for patients who wear partial or complete 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 complete denture does not move which reduces the need for 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.
In conclusion, dental implants offer a transformative solution for those with missing teeth, providing not only aesthetic benefits but also long-term oral health advantages. If you’ve been contemplating dental implants, don’t hesitate to reach out to a dental specialist who can provide you with personalized guidance and help you achieve the smile you have always desired.

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