Dealing with tooth loss? Looking for the next best thing to a real tooth? If so, then chances are good that while researching tooth replacement options you’ve come across dental implants. From the office of our Jacksonville Beach, FL, dentist, Rick K. Harrison, DMD, PA, here are the top questions we hear about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a metal prosthetic that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. This small metal fixture is placed into the jawbone and provides a long-term and reliable foundation from which a dental crown, bridge, or denture can be attached to the top.
An implant is made up of three components: the metal implant, an abutment, and the false tooth (or teeth).
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Most adults who are missing at least one tooth can often benefit from getting dental implants in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Of course, there are certain factors that our dentist will need to consider to determine your candidacy. For one, you will need to be healthy—ideally, you should not be dealing with any untreated or uncontrolled chronic disorders. Furthermore, smokers and women who are pregnant are also not good candidates for implants.
What are the benefits of getting dental implants?
Since implants are designed to function like tooth roots, there are many unique advantages to getting this tooth replacement. Some of these benefits include,
- Preventing jawbone deterioration
- Preventing structural changes to the face that can lead to premature wrinkles
- Preventing teeth from shifting into open gaps
- Restoring chewing and speaking
- Improving self-confidence
- A restoration that functions and looks like a real tooth
- A restoration that is designed to last several decades
Do I have to undergo surgery?
In order to get implants, you will need to undergo at least one minor surgery. Depending on the type of implant we place, we may also need to perform another surgery later on in which we place the abutment on top of the implant. Surgery is minor and performed right here in our office under local anesthesia and sedation. Placing a dental implant can take as little as 30 to 60 minutes.
How long do they last?
With proper care, this titanium post is designed to last several decades. This means that depending on when you got this restoration it could end up lasting the rest of your life. However, it is incredibly important that you maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups to make sure that your implant remains healthy.
Interested? Give us a call
Do you still have questions about getting dental implants in Jacksonville Beach, FL? If so, then turn to the dental experts at Jax Beach Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Call us today at (904) 241-4237 to schedule your consultation.