If you’re missing a tooth or two, you may have considered dental implants in the past. But questions about this common cosmetic and functional procedure may have kept you from taking the plunge.

Today, we’ll answer all your dental implant questions, so you can feel confident asking your dentist about the possibilities.

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The Basics of Dental Implants

So, what is a dental implant, anyway? A dental implant is essentially a replacement tooth, complete with a crown and a root. The visible part of the implant is designed to look and function just like a real tooth. The implant is rooted in your jaw just like a real tooth, as well. After an implant is put in, your jaw will osseointegrate with the root, stabilizing the tooth and leaving it just as strong and functional as any other tooth would be.

The crown of a dental implant is created from an advanced dental ceramic that looks natural and is extremely strong and durable. The post that serves as the “root” is most commonly made from titanium, a highly biocompatible metal that has been used in prosthetics and implants for decades. Those looking for a metal-free alternative — such as people with a metal allergy — may be interested in zirconia implants, instead.

Regardless of the materials used, dental implants can hold up to all the same daily use that your regular teeth do.

Are Dental Implants Right For You?

Dental implants have an extremely high success rate, by some estimates as high as 98%! In most cases, they are an extremely low-risk procedure that can last for decades, or even for the rest of your life. But although dental implants are a flexible, tried and true procedure, they are not for everyone.

Some people are at higher risk of implant rejection, such as people with periodontal disease, smokers, people with poor overall health, or people who have already experienced bone loss in the jaw and may not have enough bone to support the implant. If any of these apply to you, don’t write off dental implants immediately — you may still be eligible, but may need additional treatments in order to receive implants. Experienced implant dentists like Dr. Paul Hahn and Dr. Adam Hahn can determine whether or not you are a good candidate, and help you on the road to tooth replacement.

Benefits of Dental Implants

It’s no wonder dental implants are so popular — they have plenty of benefits that make them a great choice for tooth replacement. Dental implants are so natural-looking these days that they are practically indistinguishable from real teeth, even up close! Since they function just like normal teeth, you don’t need to change your diet or dental hygiene routines. They can even help promote jawbone health and prevent bone loss.

Good quality dental implants from an experienced implant dentist, with proper care, can last you for the rest of your life. If you want to learn if you’re eligible for dental implants, call (803) 781-9090 or contact us online to make an appointment.