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Denton Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions

Woman in front of chalkboard surrounded by question marksBefore you get started with your implant tooth replacement plan at the Denton Dental Center, our team invites you to explore the answers to some of our Denton dental implant frequently asked questions on this page. This is not a comprehensive list of questions, so please don’t hesitate to call our team to find out more.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are small posts that resemble a screw prior to placement. Once they are surgically placed into the gum line, they mimic the function of tooth roots. The implants provide support for a replacement tooth or teeth and they stimulate the supportive structures to maintain jawbone density and gum tissue volume. Strategically positioned implant posts can be used to support a single replacement tooth or a complete row of teeth.

What are Implants Made From?

Smiling senior man in dental chairImplant posts are available in a variety of materials that each have their own unique benefits. The most commonly used are titanium and zirconia. Both options are highly biocompatible and have proven successful in creating a solid foundation for replacement teeth.

How are Dental Implants Placed?

Dental implants are surgically placed into the gum line. The procedure itself is straightforward. We make a small incision in the gum line. Then, the implant post is positioned into the jawbone. A protective cap is attached to the implant, allowing it to fuse with the supportive structures mimicking the lost tooth roots. Once the implant has fused with the jawbone and gum tissue, you’ll return to our office, so we can remove the protective cap and attach the tooth replacement prosthetics.

How Many Implant Posts Will I Need?

Dentist showing female patient dental implant modelThe number of implants posts you need depends on the number and location of missing teeth. A single dental implant is used to support one missing tooth. Two or more consecutive missing teeth can be replaced using a fixed bridge restoration with two implant posts, one at each end. Partial and full dentures can be used to replace numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth or a full row of teeth. Dentures typically require three to six strategically positioned implant posts.

How Long do Dental Implants Last?

Unlike other tooth replacement prosthetics that need to be replaced every five to ten years, implant supported restorations can last two decades or longer with proper care. In order to ensure the longevity of your implant prosthetic, you should maintain regular dental appointments with our team. During these visits, we’ll examine your implant supported replacement tooth or teeth and keep them functioning flawlessly for decades.

How do I Care for my Implant Supported Replacement Teeth?

Dentist showing man treatment options on chairside computer monitorYour implant restoration will need to be brushed like natural teeth at least twice a day and flossed daily to remove plaque buildup and food particles. We encourage patients to at least rinse out their mouths with water between meals to avoid allowing food particles to remain stuck to their implant restoration. If you have a partial or full implant denture, you may want to consider switching to a water flosser. This will help you remove plaque buildup between the prosthetic and your gum line.

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