Frequently Asked Questions About Dental ImplantsYou may have heard about dental implants before, and you may know that they are used to replace missing teeth. Yet we notice that there are many misconceptions about how dental implants work and what the procedure involves.

Right now, we’d like to answer some of the most common questions that we get about dental implants. Please note that this just gets at the basics and that by meeting with a restorative and cosmetic dentist, you can learn about dental implants in greater detail.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gum tissue. The dental implants are made from titanium, a material that is biocompatible, which means there is reduced chance of potential implant rejection.

What sorts of restorations can dental implants support?

Dental implants can be used to support various kinds of dental appliances, including:

Who are the best candidates for dental implants?

Ideal candidates for dental implants are people who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and have sufficient bone structure and gum density in place to support dental implants. Since tooth loss can result in gradual gum recession and bone loss, some people who have been missing teeth for a while may not be ideal candidates for dental implants.

Is it possible for non-candidates to still get dental implants?

If the issue involves gum recession or bone loss, yes, it’s still possible for these patients to get dental implants. In these cases, gum augmentation surgery or bone grafting will need to be performed in order to build up extra tissue.

How are dental implants placed?

The dental implants are placed via oral surgery. The implant posts are anchored directly into the jawbone and gum tissue so that they fuse with these structures during the healing process. This fusion (known as osseointegration) is how dental implants are able to offer such stability.

What can I expect during the healing process?

In the early stages of healing after oral surgery, the patient will experience some degree of discomfort and soreness. This is natural and will fade with time. The patient will visit their dentist periodically over the next few months so that their healing progress can be monitored. Once osseointegration has been completed, the dental implant(s) can then be used to support a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture.

How secure is the hold of dental implants?

When in place, the dental implants are able to support artificial teeth with excellent stability that is comparable to natural tooth roots. The hold is much better than even the strongest denture creams, meaning there is little chance of a denture, bridge, or dental crown falling out or slipping while a patient is eating or talking.

How can I learn more about implant dentistry?

If you would like to learn more about dental implants, it’s important that you get in touch with skilled dental health professionals. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, be sure to contact our Shreveport and Bossier City dental care centers today. By getting answers to your additional questions and concerns, you can make a well-informed decision about your overall dental health.