Understanding Dental Implants

Hayward CA Restorative DentistsYou may have heard that dental implants have changed the face of dentistry, or that they are the gold standard in tooth replacement. But, do you know why they are such a preferred solution for missing teeth? Here are some frequently asked questions surrounding dental implants to help you understand how they work and why they are so popular.

Dental Implants FAQs:

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into your jawbone to replace the roots of missing teeth. The implant will fuse to the jawbone (a process called osseointegration), and a dental restoration will be placed on top. Your restoration may be a porcelain crown, denture or partial. The length of the dental implant process varies from patient to patient. However, the result is a permanent tooth replacement option that looks, feels and functions like natural teeth.

How many teeth can be replaced with dental implants?
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or all your teeth. You may even choose to secure a set of removable dentures with two to four dental implants.

Is it painful to get dental implant?
In general, dental implant surgery is not painful. Sedation dentistry is used to keep patients comfortable during surgery and any post-operative discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.

What is the cost of dental implants?
Dental implants are undeniably more expensive than other tooth-replacement methods such as dentures or bridges. However, most patients find that the advantages of dental implants far outweigh the cost drawbacks. They are a long-term investment for a permanent solution. Implants carry results that are better in comfort, function and appearance compared to other options.

Do dental implants require extra maintenance?
You can care for your dental implants exactly as you would care for your natural teeth. This is a notable advantage for most patients, as they do not have to worry with messy denture creams or extra cleaning.

How long do dental implants last?
Properly cared-for dental implants should last a lifetime. Although your dental implants are resistant to decay, staining and infection, you must keep up your regular flossing and brushing routine in order to protect the health of the surrounding tissues.

How successful are dental implants?
Implants are known for their high success rate, which is in excess of 95%. Dental implant failure can occur if there is an infection in the jawbone or if they are subjected to biting forces too soon. Rest assured that the titanium material that dental implants are made of are completely biocompatible, and allergies are very rare.

Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The advancements in implants dentistry have made them a candidate for nearly everyone. However, only your dentist can accurately determine if dental implants are right for you. Your overall health and jawbone density will be considered.

At Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward, we'd love to tell you more about the remarkable benefits of dental implants and answer your specific questions about replacing missing teeth. We offer complete care for dental implants so that you can enjoy a more convenient and streamlined process and the most successful results.

Cosmetic Dentistry of Hayward
27206 Calaroga Ave, #216
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 782-7821