A dental implant is a stable and secure tooth replacement option. According to the American Dental Association, Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
What are Implants made of? Implants are made out of titanium (a very strong, lightweight and durable material) and other materials that are all biocompatible with the human body.
How long do implants last? The implant post should last a lifetime as long as you continue with regular dental checkups and maintain good oral hygiene at home. The crown of the implant generally lasts 10-15 years before needing replacement due to regular wear and tear it from everyday use like eating.
Will the implant blend in with my other teeth? Yes. After the implant has healed, the abutment and crown are added to the post, and it will look and function like a regular tooth.
Am I a good candidate for an implant? Because the implant requires surgery, it is important that you are in good overall health before beginning the implant process. Chronic illnesses like periodontitis (gum disease) and diabetes or bad habits such as smoking can cause slow healing or infection around the implant.
Do you brush and floss an implant? Yes. You brush and floss an implant exactly like a normal tooth. It is important to remove food and plaque from around the crown of the implant.
Is it worth it to replace one tooth? Teeth naturally shift with time. This can be exacerbated when there is a space or gap between teeth, so replacing missing teeth help prevent teeth from shifting. Having gaps in the mouth filled also allows you to chew your food properly. When food is not chewed properly before ingestion, it can cause digestive problems.
An implant is one of several tooth replacement options, so if you have any other questions, contact your dentist. They can can help you decide whether implant treatment is right for you!