Do you have one or more missing teeth? According to a study commissioned by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 are missing at least one permanent tooth. Fortunately, dental implants provide a secure and lifelike method of replacing lost teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Question: What’s the big deal about tooth loss?
Answer: Losing even a single tooth starts a chain reaction that endangers the health and appearance of your smile. First, the body suspends the flow of calcium and phosphorus to the jawbone. As a result, the bone tissue dissolves, leading to further tooth loss and an aged appearance. People may also develop misalignment as the teeth shift towards the gaps in your smile. Finally, advanced tooth loss makes eating and even speaking difficult.
Question: How do dental implants work?
Answer: Implants consist of biocompatible titanium posts inserted into the jaw. The bone tissue bonds with these posts, anchoring the implants in place. The body recognizes the posts as tooth roots, resuming the flow of nutrients and preserving the jawbone tissue and preventing misalignment. Once the area around the new implant has healed, your Des Moines family dentist will place a restoration on top in the form of a dental crown.
Question: Can anyone receive dental implants?
Answer: Patients must have adequate amounts of jawbone tissue to support the implant posts. For patients without adequate bone tissue, a bone graft may be necessary. Patients should also have healthy gum tissue, as periodontal disease can lead to implant failure.
Question: Do dental implants look natural?
Answer: Yes. The implant restorations will be designed based on dental impressions and images taken by your Des Moines family dentist. We use crowns because they mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Once in place, your implants will blend with your smile.
About Your Des Moines Family Dentist:
Dr. Jessica Johnson is a dedicated family dentist who focuses on overall oral health and the value of preventive dental care for your whole family. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, the Des Moines District Dental Association, and the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce. Valley Ridge Family Dental gladly welcomes patients and their families from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and all surrounding Des Moines communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us today by calling our office at (515) 223-9764.