When you lose even a single tooth, the health and stability of your smile becomes threatened. Replacing a lost tooth as soon as possible can help preserve your appearance and overall health. For many people, dental implants offer an ideal replacement option.
Dental Implant Quiz
1. True or False: Dental implants replace every part of the tooth.
2. True or False: This is a long lasting replacement option.
3. True or False: Adequate jawbone tissue is needed to support implants.
4. True or False: You must have healthy gums to receive this prosthesis.
1. True. Many dental prostheses only replace the visible portion, or crown, of the tooth. With dental implants, we can replace both the root and the crown. The root is a biocompatible titanium post inserted into the jawbone, where it bonds with the natural bone tissue. The crown is added in the form of a dental crown.
2. True. Since the implant post bonds with the jawbone tissue, the replacement tooth is anchored into place. There is no need for adjustment every few years as bridges and dentures require, instead the implant may last many years and sometimes even a life time.
3. True. In order to support an implant, you will need an adequate amount of bone tissue. We will carefully exam your jaw to assess the state of your jaw. In some cases, patients may require a bone grafting before receiving an implant.
4. True. Just as gum disease increases the risk of adult tooth loss, this disease can lead to implant failure. You will need to have healthy, disease-free gum tissue to qualify for implant technology.
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