Implant Dentistry with Dr. Robert Bosque Jr.
Dental Implants FAQs
Dental implants offer an attractive and durable option for missing or damaged teeth than traditional dentures. Find out answers to some of the most popular questions regarding dental implants.
What is a dental implant, and how does it work?
Dental implants have been used to replace teeth for over 30 years. Dental implants are a long-term way to replace lost or damaged teeth. Dental implants are titanium alloy screws placed into the jawbone to take the place of missing teeth roots. Within a few months, bone growth occurs and attaches to the implant. Then a replacement tooth is actually attached directly to the screw. Implants can either replace individual missing teeth or can also be used to support a removable denture.
Who is a candidate for dental implants?
If your oral health is generally good but you have one or more missing teeth, or a denture that is loose or uncomfortable, you are likely a candidate for dental implants. A new patient consultation with Dr. Bosque will allow them to determine what type of treatment is best. They will be able to answer any questions you have and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. They will also review what you can expect before and after your treatment.
How long will it take?
Implant therapy typically requires several steps over a period of three months to one year, depending on your case. A customized treatment plan is the first step. Dr. Bosque Jr. will be able to review your specific situation and determine how long your implant therapy may take.
How do I care for my dental implants?
Dental implants need to be cared for like regular teeth. Regular dental visits are recommended and, of course, brushing and flossing as well. If properly cared for, your dental implants can last a lifetime and help you maintain a beautiful, youthful smile.
Reasons for implants:
- Dental implants look, feel, and function like healthy, natural teeth.
- Dental implants restore proper chewing, allowing for a better diet and improved overall health.
- Dental implants can be used to support a denture. Dealing with messy adhesives or the discomfort of loose dentures could be a thing of the past!
When teeth are missing, the surrounding bone begins to shrink and the jawbone changes shape due to the bone loss; dental implants can prevent this deterioration so that your face will retain its natural shape.