We want our patients to stay educated on their restorative options. When it comes to dental implants, patients may have many questions. Whether you’re new to dental implants or want a new restoration, we can help. Patient education is an important part of Dr. Costa and Dr. Waxman Family Dentistry, especially when it comes to dental restorations.
Dental Implant FAQs in Worcester, MA
Discover more about dental implants with answers to these popular questions:
Can a dental implant replace one missing tooth?
The best solution for one missing tooth is an implant-supported dental crown. No matter how you lose your tooth, this solution is the most natural way to replace it. A single implant fixture can be inserted into the jaw bone at the gap. Then a dental crown is cemented or screwed to the implant.
Do I qualify for dental implants?
Most people will qualify for dental implants as there are very few qualifications. Worcester, MA dentist Dr. Joseph Costa will conduct an oral examination and take x-rays and other diagnostics to determine if you qualify. He will be making sure that you are free from any oral health diseases and problems. Additionally, he will make sure there is enough bone density to support the implant fixtures. Using tobacco in any form is not recommended. After the surgical implantation, your mouth requires a healthy environment where the implants can fuse with the bone and the soft tissues can heal.
I currently have dentures. Can I switch to dental implants?
Most people who are currently wearing removable dentures can switch to dental implants. Some denture wearers find it hard to adjust to wearing a removable prosthesis. Additionally, some people wear them for years and then decide they want their dentures to be more stable. If you suffer from bone loss, which is a common condition denture wearers face, a bone graft may be needed to build back up the jaw bone. If you have a good amount of bone, then we will plan out your treatment and schedule you for the surgical placement of the implants.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss?
Without the tooth root, the underlying bone will begin to break down, and bone loss occurs. A dental implant not only supports a dental prosthesis but it also replaces the tooth root. When you chew or bite, the implant is able to provide enough stimulation in the bone, allowing it to regenerate. A dental implant-supported prosthesis is the only tooth replacement solution that will prevent bone loss.
Do dental implants require replacement?
With adequate oral health care, your dental implants should last forever. This includes visiting our Worcester, MA, dental office every six months for a teeth cleaning and checkup and daily teeth brushing and flossing. The dental prosthesis may need to be replaced due to wear and tear after 10 – 20 years.
Are dental implants worth the investment?
Dental implants offer many advantages over other tooth replacement solutions. Even though they cost more and the process takes longer, they will feel, function, and look just like natural teeth. They are more stable than dental bridges and traditional dentures, you will not have to avoid certain foods, and they will prevent bone loss in the jaw.
Bone loss is a common occurrence with dentures and bridges that can alter the appearance of your face, making you appear years older. Teeth implants are not only an investment in your health but also an investment in your overall well-being.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
If you still have questions or concerns regarding dental implants, please do not hesitate to contact us at 508-590-9383. You may also request a dental appointment online. Our helpful staff is available during business hours to discuss this innovative tooth replacement treatment.