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Dental Implant FAQs

Dental implants are the most effective method of tooth replacement and because of that, they are also booming in popularity for patients across our counry. If you are considering this option for your own smile, you may have some questions about how they work. Keep reading to learn more from your implant dentist in Tyler, Dr. Keith O. Gerber.

Q: How do dental implants work?

A dental implant takes the place of a missing tooth’s root, providing a sturdy foundation for a prosthetic crown, bridge, or denture that will be affixed on top. This is the only comprehensive method of tooth replacement available, making dental implants the most lifelike option to date. They can replace anywhere from a single tooth to an entire arch in the upper or lower jaw.

Q: What are dental implants made out of?

The majority of dental implants are made out of titanium, a material that actually promotes the growth of bone tissue. After implantation, the jaw will slowly begin to fuse together with each implant post. This process occurs over the period of four to six months, after which the prosthetic tooth/teeth can be secured on top.

Q: What are the advantages of dental implants?

As the only comprehensive method of tooth replacement currently available, dental implants offer a number of advantages for patients who have suffered tooth loss. Dental implants promote better oral and overall health by staying firm in the jaw. This tooth replacement option supports a balanced, nutritious diet and also makes it easier to speak without the whistle that can occur with traditional dentures. Plus, nothing looks as natural as dental implants.

Q: How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. Many dental implants last for the lifetime of the wearer. Occasionally a disease called peri-implantitis can occur which results in the failure of dental implants. Keep them strong and healthy by maintaining excellent oral hygiene and staying away from tobacco.

Q: What do dental implants cost?

The cost of your dental implant procedure will vary based on a few things, like your oral health, how many teeth you are missing, and where in the jaw they are located. Your implant dentist will give you an estimate during a dental implant consultation.

Q: How do I learn more about dental implants?

If you are interested in finding out more about dental implants, like whether or not you are a candidate for this excellent method of tooth replacement, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Gentle Dental Care. We invite you to request an appointment with your dentist in Tyler today! Dr. Gerber can’t wait to get started on your tooth replacement.

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