February 24, 2017

FAQs on Dental Implants from Your Arlington Dentist

Dental implants in Arlington replace damaged teeth from root to crown. Read answers to questions about these prosthetics placed by Allheart Dental.

Tooth loss adversely affects your appearance, self-image and even the health and stability of your remaining teeth, but dental implants can avoid all that. Your dentists in Arlington at Allheart Dental place these artificial teeth in healthy patients. If you’re interested in these prosthetics, here are the answers to frequently asked questions about dental implants in Arlington.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are dental implants? Dental implants are prosthetic teeth which reside in the jaw bone. Composed of a titanium metal screw (the root), an extension post and a custom-made porcelain crown, an implant looks and acts just like a natural tooth.
  • Who is the right candidate for dental implants? Older teens and adults who have good overall health and good oral health may qualify. It’s important that the patient’s jaw bone be dense and strong. Plus, the individual should not have decay or gum disease. Your dentist will perform a complete examination before placing a dental implant.
  • What is the procedure like? Your dentist places a dental implant with a simple oral surgery right in the office, using sedation options such as nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation. He incises the gums, inserts the titanium screw in the bone and closes the site. After several weeks of healing time, the dentists attaches an extension post and custom-made porcelain crown.
  • Are dental implants reliable? Yes, they are. The dental implant device is very stable and predictable because titanium and bone are naturally attracted to each other. When the implant is inserted, the jaw begins fusing with it. Dentists call this process osseointegration. Over time, the jaw bone actually gets thicker and stronger. No other tooth replacement option can claim this benefit.
  • How successful are dental implants? Most research shows success rates of 95 to 98 percent. And, dental implants last indefinitely with good care: routine brushing and flossing at home and six-month exams and hygienic cleanings at Allheart Dental.
  • Aren’t dental implants too costly for most budgets? Dental implants do cost more initially than fixed bridgework or partial dentures. However, they are usually the last replacement the patient needs. Traditional prosthetics have a shelf life of no more than 10 years and require repeated replacement–and additional hits to your wallet.
  • Is it hard to care for implants? No, it is not. Dental implant patients brush twice a day and floss daily, just as they do their natural teeth. While dental implants cannot decay, they can get an infection called peri-implantitis. It’s similar to advanced gum disease.
  • If someone is missing more than one tooth, can they receive dental implants? If his or her oral health is good and the bone is dense, implants are a definite option. In fact, your dentist uses multiple implant devices to support fixed bridges or full dentures. Patients love their natural look and stable fit.

Would You Like to Know More?

The dedicated team at Allheart Dental will be happy to answer your questions. The dentists have placed many dental implants and enjoy seeing the smiles they produce. Contact Allheart Dental today for your personal appointment to find out more.

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