Increasingly more patients are experiencing the significant benefits of choosing dental implants to replace their lost or extracted teeth. Yet, for those who have missing teeth and have not yet chosen to replace them with dental implants, there may still be many questions about why implants are the best option. Today, we take a look at a few more questions about dental implants and their significant, lifelong benefits for the health and integrity of your smile.
How many teeth can implants replace?
A dental implant is a small, root like post that your dentist can place in your jawbone following the loss of one or more teeth. Unlike a conventional bridge or denture, implant posts are utilized as support, and therefore, can be placed one or several at a time (depending on how many teeth you’ve lost). With the appropriate number of posts, your dental crown, bridge, or denture will rest as securely on your dental ridge as your natural teeth and their roots.
How long do dental implants last?
The reason why dental implants are so successful is because they are designed to become a permanent part of your oral anatomy. The posts are typically made from biocompatible titanium, and as your jawbone heals, it will fuse to the implants’ surfaces. This process, known as osseointegration, ensures that your implants remain firmly in place, and with proper care and maintenance, the posts can last for life.
Can I get implants if I already have a bridge/denture?
Even if you already rely on a traditional bridge or denture to restore your smile, you may still qualify for an upgrade with one or more dental implant posts. Your dentist can perform a comprehensive examination to determine if your jawbone and oral health are in good shape, and then design a treatment plan to place your implant posts to support an improved prosthesis.
Get Answers to More Questions About Dental Implants
Dental implants can provide the most comprehensive solution for replacing your lost teeth and preserving the rest of your healthy, natural smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Chicago and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.