Dental Implants FAQ
West Linn, OR
Tooth loss is a common dental problem affecting many people across the United States. Not only is it unpleasant, but it can also make everyday activities like eating or talking more difficult than they should ordinarily be. If tooth loss is something that affects you, you have several options to correct it, among which the most popular treatment is to get a dental implant. If you would like to correct any tooth loss you are experiencing with a dental implant, ZenTech Dentistry can help you regain your confidence in performing everyday activities.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants involve surgically replacing your teeth’s roots with metal screws that bond with your jawbone and support artificial teeth like natural roots do for your teeth. The implants provide a strong and reliable foundation for incoming permanent or removable artificial teeth, simulating the appearance of your natural teeth in both look and feel. It is an alternative to getting dentures or performing bridgework, allowing us to provide a solution when there are not enough remaining natural teeth and roots to build dentures or perform bridgework.
When to Have a Dental Implant
Dental implants are used to replace damaged or missing teeth by surgically replacing your natural roots with titanium screws that bond with your jawbone, providing a strong foundation for artificial teeth. We may recommend a dental implant over alternative procedures if: you are missing one or more teeth, have a jawbone that is fully developed with enough remaining bone to secure the implants; can receive bone grafting; have oral tissue that remains healthy; do not have any preexisting conditions that might affect your bone’s healing; are unable to wear dentures; and are willing to spend several months following the initial surgery with adjustments and monitoring.
In general, anyone who is healthy and committed to good oral hygiene can be considered for a dental implant. If you happen to be a heavy smoker or suffer from chronic conditions like diabetes, we can evaluate what may be best for you on an individual basis.
Why You Might Want a Dental Implant
In addition to dental reasons for choosing dental implant surgery to correct your tooth loss, there are other considerations why you might have one instead of choosing dentures or bridgework. To begin with, dental implants are durable and can last a long time if cared for well. You will not have to remove them as they are a permanent solution, eliminating the embarrassment that removable dentures may entail.
They also promote better oral health, as the surgery does not involve reducing other teeth that bridgework may require, leaving more of your teeth intact. Furthermore, they appear and feel just like your natural teeth, allowing you to speak without worry of your teeth slipping, which could happen with removable dentures, and help you eat and smile with comfort and confidence.
If you are struggling with tooth loss and would like a reliable, long-term solution to correct it, a dental implant may be a good choice for you. Whether you are missing one tooth or several, it can help you regain your confidence by providing a solution that closely resembles the look and feel of your natural teeth. If you would like to learn more about the procedure, including whether dental implants are safe for you, or schedule an appointment, we are available to speak with you today at ZenTech Dentistry. Call us at (503) 765-9699 and learn more about how dental implants compare with a real tooth.