FAQs About Dental Implants

Oct 15, 2019

Considering getting dental implants in Florissant, MO, but wondering if this is the best approach for treating your tooth loss. Our dentist offers a variety of tooth replacement options to meet your needs. Here are the most commonly asked questions regarding dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

There are three different parts to a dental implant: the metal screw that is placed into the jawbone, the abutment that connects the implant with the false tooth and then the crown (if you are replacing a single missing tooth).

What is the success rate of a dental implant?

The success rate of dental implants is extremely high (as high as 98 percent, according to WebMD). In order to ensure the longevity of your dental implants it is important that you keep your implant clean by brushing and flossing daily and getting routine checkups from our Florissant, MO, restorative dentist every six months.

What are the benefits of a dental implant?

Some of the benefits of getting dental implants include:

  • A long-term false tooth that stays in place and functions like a real tooth
  • Preventing bone loss
  • Supporting the facial muscles to prevent premature aging associated with untreated tooth loss
  • A lifelong restoration
  • Preserving natural teeth around the tooth
  • No need for adhesives or worrying about slippage
  • Fully restored chewing and speaking

How are dental implants placed?

In order to place implants you will have to undergo minor surgery. Implant placement can be performed under local anesthesia. The gums are opened to reveal the jawbone, where we make a small hole in the bone and to place the implant. Implant placement can take 30 to 60 minutes depending on how many implants are being placed and the location of their placement.

Can implants support dentures?

Absolutely! What makes dental implants such a great option for so many adults dealing with tooth loss is that no matter whether they are missing one, several or all of their teeth they can still benefit from getting dental implants.

For patients who need to replace a full arch of missing teeth (14 teeth), dentures can be supported by implants. In fact, implants can prevent your current dentures from moving or shifting out of place when eating or speaking.

Do you have any further questions about dental implants? Want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants? If so, call Boain Dental Care in Florissant, MO, to schedule a consultation.