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Top 3 Questions on Dental Implants: Answered!

April 15, 2016

dental implants mariettaNothing replaces missing teeth like dental implants, the truly comprehensive solution to tooth loss. They’re tiny titanium posts that act as prosthetic roots for the tooth replacement that sits on top, and they provide incredible stability for your new smile. We know you’ve got questions about this option in tooth replacement, so Dr. Neely Thornton has put together a brief FAQ to help. Keep reading for the top three questions on dental implants in Marietta — with answers from the expert!

How long does the treatment for dental implants last?

While each case depends on several factors, including how much jaw bone is present and how many teeth you’re missing, most cases take eight months to a year to complete. It sounds like a long time, but it’s an investment that’s well worth it in the end.

Here’s a breakdown of the treatment for dental implants.

  • Implantation: The first stage of dental implants is the surgical implantation, which involves placing each titanium post into the space left by the missing tooth.
  • Recovery: Once the implantation stage has taken place, you’ll embark on your recovery — but your treatment isn’t complete yet. This phase is actually the most important of dental implants, and it lasts up to six months. It’s when the jawbone and implant gradually fuse together to form one solid unit.
  • Restoration: After your dental implants have become completely integrated with your jawbone, you’re ready for the final phase, or the restoration. Your dentist will attach your new tooth replacement on top of each dental implant, and your new smile is complete.

Are dental implants necessary for dentures?

Dentures can be secured by suction, clips and brackets, a denture adhesive or by dental implants. It shouldn’t come as a surprise which of these provides the most stability for full or partial dentures — it’s dental implants. They can help you eat, speak and smile, free from the worry or stress of an ill-fitting prosthetic device.

And aside from providing the ultimate in stability, dental implants also lead to better oral health. The tooth’s root provides the stimulation the jawbone needs to stay healthy and whole, preventing degeneration and even more missing teeth later on. Non implant-supported dentures, on the other hand, will need to be refitted to meet the needs of the changing mouth shape as the years pass.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

The only way to know for sure whether or not you’re a good candidate for dental implants is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Two things are important for successful dental implants.

  1. Adequate existing jawbone structure: Patients who have had missing teeth for a significant period of time may have had too much bone degeneration for successful implantation.
  2. Good oral and overall health: Patients must be eligible for surgical procedures to benefit from traditional dental implants.

Dr. Neely Thornton performs both stages of dental implants, implantation and restoration, in the office of Thornton Dental Wellness. If you’d like to learn more about the replacement option, including whether or not you’re a good candidate for the procedure, don’t wait to get in touch with our office! Contact us to schedule your appointment today.

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