Implants can be a great alternative to dentures and other restorative treatments; however, some patients may be unaware of the benefits that dental implants can truly have. The dental practice of Dr. Rex Bullock is pleased to offer this dental implants FAQ page to help you learn more about dental implants. We invite you to review the following questions and learn whether dental implants are right for you.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are replacement roots that provide a strong foundation for fixed or permanent teeth, which are made to match your existing or natural teeth. They can include just one implant or a full arch, such as with dentures.
Am I a candidate for getting implants, and are they right for me?
Candidates for dental implants must first have good health (oral and overall), and they must be missing one or more teeth; however; there are a few factors that also need to be considered:
- The quality and the quantity of your jawbone.
- Diseases, such as diabetes, and whether the condition is controlled; we must also consider other medical conditions that may cause issue with dental implants.
- The reason for considering dental implants and considering the financial aspect of this procedure.
Usually, there are few conditions that would prevent you from getting dental implants, and Dr. Bullock can go over those factors with you, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have.
What are some of the advantages of dental implants?
- Easier eating: traditional dentures can slide, making chewing difficult; however, dental implants operate like your natural teeth, so you can eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
- Improved appearance: because dental implants look and feel like your own teeth, your smile looks natural and beautiful. Dental implants are designed to fuse with your bone, making them permanent, unlike traditional dentures.
- Improved speech: poor-fitting dentures can end up slipping within the mouth, causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak naturally without the worry of slippage.
- Improved oral health: because nearby teeth are not changed to support the dental implant as they often are with a dental bridge, more of your natural teeth are left intact. This means that dental implants will not compromise the health of your other teeth.
For more information on dental implants, please contact our dentist at 951-737-1149. We look forward to hearing from you, soon!