Have you considered dental implants as the solution to your missing tooth or teeth? Do you have any lingering questions? If so, read below as your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, responds to several frequently asked questions about dental implants? Among the responses, you may just find the answers you’ve been looking for.
How are dental implants placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once in position, the jawbone heals around the titanium post of the implant, securing it in place so that it can provide stability for the prosthetic tooth. However, stability is not the only result achieved by placing the dental implant directly into the jawbone. The body registers the presence of the implant and begins sending nutrients to the previously vacated area. This nutrient flow, which had ceased after the original tooth was lost, can help restore the health of nearby teeth and bone and prevent further tooth loss.
Are dental implants limited to single-tooth restorations?
No. Dental implants can aid in the replacement of a single tooth or multiple lost teeth. For multiple lost teeth, multiple implants may be used to support a dental bridge, a partial denture, or full dentures. Dental implants are especially useful for supporting full dentures as they prevent the dentures from slipping, thereby improving comfort and aiding in clear speech.
Can anyone receive a dental implant?
Not everyone can receive a dental implant. Implant candidacy depends upon the amount of healthy bone available to support the implant. If the bone is brittle, it will not provide a good base for the implant, and the implant can fail. In cases where there is not an adequate supply of healthy bone, bone grafting may be able to provide the necessary bone tissue to support a dental implant.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines IA Dentist
If you have any other questions about dental implants, your Des Moines IA dentist, Dr. Johnson, is ready to help. Contact our 50266 dentist office today at 515-223-9764 to schedule an appointment or a consultation. We welcome patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.