You’ve heard they’re the best method for replacing one or more missing teeth, but you probably still have questions about dental implants in Lansing. If so, you’re not the only one. The team at Hagerty Dentistry has compiled an FAQ to help our patients understand more about implant dentistry. Learn more about the comprehensive tooth replacement below.
Q: What are dental implants?
A: Ok, let’s start off with the basics. A dental implant is a small titanium post, or cylinder. It is implanted directly into the gum line, where it acts as a prosthetic root for the crown that is attached on top. A dental implant is the only whole-tooth replacement option available in modern dentistry.
Q: What are the parts of a dental implant?
A: There are three parts of a dental implant: the implant itself, the connecting abutment, and the prosthetic tooth, or the white part that you see. Good for replacing one, several, or a full row of missing teeth, dental implants can support a crown or a removable bridge or denture.
Q: How are dental implants placed?
A: Dental implants are placed in two phases: initial implantation and final restoration. Implantation is performed by an oral surgeon or by a qualified implant dentist. Dr. Hagerty provides performs the procedure from our state-of-the-art office.
During a recovery period of four to eight months after implantation, the jawbone grows around the dental implant. It’s a process known as osseointegration, and it provides unsurpassed stability in the jaw. After the recovery is complete, the dental implant is re-exposed, the connecting abutment is attached, and the replacement tooth is fixed on top after the gum has healed.
Q: How do dental implants compare to other options?
A: It’s simple — dental implants are the only truly comprehensive tooth replacement option available. Other methods of replacing teeth, like a fixed bridge, or a non-implant supported denture, only give you back the tooth’s crown. But without the supporting root, the jawbone will gradually degenerate. A sunken facial appearance and more tooth loss are imminent. Dentures will need to be relined or adjusted many times to keep up with the changing face shape.
Q: How long do dental implants last?
A: When properly maintained, dental implants can last for a lifetime. So while dental implants may have a higher initial sticker price, many patients believe their long lifespan makes them the best investment in tooth replacement.
Occasionally, a condition called peri-implantitis can cause initially successful implants to fail, but the condition easy to prevent with proper hygiene. Prevent plaque buildup by brushing and flossing regularly, and closely adhering to any special recommendations from your dentist.
Q: How can I get started with dental implants?
A: If you’d like to learn more about dental implants, we would love to discuss your candidacy for the replacement option. Eligible patients are those who enjoy good oral and overall health. Please contact your Lansing dentist at Hill Avenue Dental to get started with dental implants today!