What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants

A dental prosthetic or implant is a synthetic dental prosthetic that is intended to fill a gap left by a previously extracted or otherwise removed natural tooth. They are intended to appear and function just as a natural tooth would, however, dental implants have some limitations and are not a proper solution for everyone.

What Makes Me a Good Candidate?

If you have a gap where there once was a natural tooth, a dental implant may be right for you. A good candidate for a dental implant will also have excellent oral hygiene habits and a strong immune system, as infection is a possibility after the implant procedure is complete.

How Does it Work?

Having a dental prosthetic implanted is considered a surgery, so patients undergoing this procedure will be placed under local anesthesia or sedation for the duration of the operation. The dental implant is surgically placed in the patient’s jawbone to create stability, as well as durability of the implant.

Dental prosthetics are considered a semi-permanent solution for people in good health, with exceptional bone density and a strong immune system. Just like with other types of oral surgery, dental prosthetics require the wearer to have strict oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and visits to your dental health professional.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Some benefits of dental prosthetics include their realistic look, feel and appearance, as well as their convenience as compared to traditional dentures. Previously with traditional dentures, patients would need to have healthy teeth extracted in order to make room for the denture itself, whereas with dental prosthetics, there is no need to extract healthy teeth. In fact, once the implant is firmly in place there is no need to remove it. It simply stays in place, anchored to your jaw through the gums the same as your natural teeth.

If you have questions about dental prosthetics or implants, or whether or not you or someone you know might be a good candidate for this procedure, contact the professionals at Westlake Family Dental Care today.