What Do You Know About Dental Implants?
There are a lot of misconceptions about dental implants. You might be surprised at how many people, for instance, think that having implants means having an actual, real tooth from a donor inserted into their jaw, in much the same way as they might have an organ transplant. So let’s clear that one up right away – dental implants are not donor teeth. They are prosthetics – no one else’s organic material is going to be placed in your mouth.
Now, moving right along, we thought it might be a fun thing to have a little quiz about implants. This is easy – just true or false. Answer the following questions, true or false, and then see how well you did.
Dental Implants are Permanent
Dental Implants Work the Same Way as Natural Teeth
Dental Implants Can Make You Look Younger
Dental Implants Can Support a Prosthetic
Did you answer true for all four questions? If you did, then you are a dental implant expert!
Dental implants can be permanent, assuming that you take care of them the same way that you would your natural teeth. This means that you have to continue to brush and floss the same way you always have, and you also have to come and see us for regular dental examinations and cleanings.
Dental implants replace the root of your tooth, and are capped with a dental crown. The titanium implant replaces the tooth root, and the crown replaces the tooth structure. Because both the implant and the crown are permanent restorations, they will work and feel just the same as natural teeth.
When you lose your teeth, you also lose bone mass in your jaw. What this means is that your face can begin to sag. Your mouth accepts implants as a natural part of your jaw structure, so there is no bone loss, as there would be with dentures or bridges. This means that your face does not sag, and you will look younger for longer.
If you have several missing teeth in sequence, but good teeth on either side of the gap, your dentist can install implants and create prosthetic teeth to fill the gap. This is what is known as an implant-retained denture, and unlike a removable denture, it will not slip, and you do not have to remove it for cleaning.
Now that you know all about dental implants, call us to learn more about the benefits or to arrange a consultation. You can reach Drs. Galligan & Villa Dental Studio by calling 718-984-7700, or by using the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 4143 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312.