Have questions about getting dental implants? Our dental team has the answers.
These days, many people are turning to dental implants from our Nashua, NH, office to replace one or more missing teeth. Read on to learn more about why dental implants are the premier tooth replacement option available today
What is a dental implant?
When talking about a dental implant, we are often talking about a small titanium post that replaces tooth roots and is placed into the jawbone. With that established, there are three overall components to an implant: the metal post itself, an abutment (that connects the implant and the false tooth) and the artificial tooth (e.g. a crown or a set of dentures).
How does a dental implant work?
The purpose of a dental implant is to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to do this, our Nashua, NH, dentist will need to surgically place the small post into the jawbone, where over the course of several months, the implant and jawbone will fuse together. Once the bone locks the implant into place, this becomes a permanent structure from which to support one or more false teeth.
What is the success rate for dental implants?
Dental implants also carry with them a very high success rate. According to WebMD, dental implants can have an up to 95 percent success rate. Certain factors for the success of the implant include the patient’s current health, their age, and certain habits such as smoking.
How long do dental implants last?
Since implants function just like real teeth and naturally fuse together with the jawbone, this means that this implant could last the rest of your life. While you will need to take care of your implant and maintain good oral hygiene, maintenance and care for your implant is very easy. Our Nashua, NH, family dentist can talk you through proper implant care to ensure that your implant lasts decades.
Who is a good candidate for implants?
In order to find out if implants are right for you, you will need to come into our office for a comprehensive consultation and evaluation. During this visit, we will take an x-ray screening to check the health of your teeth and gums to make sure that your smile can support implants. Factors include,
- Oral and general health status
- Any chronic health problems
- Habits such as smoking
- Being pregnant or planning to become pregnant
- Major treatments (e.g. chemotherapy)
If you're interested in what dental implants can do for you, call Pearl Dental Associates today at (603) 883-6010.