Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. They provide you with a solution that is
more permanent and natural looking than almost any other option. Compared to a lot of other dental
procedures, 
implants
 are relatively new. As a result, you may have questions. Here are answers to
some frequently asked questions.

Why Do Dental Implants Take So Long?

The process generally takes a few months, and it involves a lot of steps. First, the dentist needs to
decide if you are a good candidate. In particular, that involves checking out the health of your jaw bone.

If you need to have a tooth extracted, you have to make an appointment for the extraction first. Once your
gums have healed from the extraction, you can proceed to the next step in the process. When you’re ready, the
dentist inserts the small metal post into your gums. Generally, the post needs to fuse to your jaw bone, and
that process takes a couple months. Finally, you get the crown attached to the post.

What If Your Bone Structure Can’t Support Implants?

If your jaw bone isn’t healthy or strong enough to support dental implants, the dentist may steer you
toward other options. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a bone graft. A bone graft is a good option
if your dentist is worried there will be an excessive amount of bone loss.

That is an in-office procedure where the dentist stimulates new bone growth, typically by adding bone or
bone-like material to your jaw. This oral surgery is performed with local anesthetic or even sedation if you
prefer, so you won’t feel a thing. There may be a bit of soreness after the procedure.

Can You Customize the Crown?

When you get a crown fitted to your dental implants, the dentist always uses a mold to ensure that the
crown is perfectly shaped to fit in your mouth, but beyond that, the crown can typically be customized based
on your desires.

Most crowns are porcelain, but they don’t have to be crystal white. You can have them colored just
slightly to match the rest of your teeth, and although it’s rare, some dentists may even offer gold crowns,
if you think you’d prefer a gold crown, ask your dentist today.

How Long Do Dental Implants Last?

After going through the dental implant process, you want a solution that lasts. On average, implants last
ten to fifteen years, and they can even last longer in the right conditions. At that point, you usually only
need to replace the crown, and you typically don’t have to ever replace the post.

Are There Alternatives to Implants?

If you just have a single missing tooth, there are not a lot of alternatives to implants. However, many
people use implants to anchor in permanent dentures or bridges. In those cases, there are alternatives. In
particular, you can opt for a removable partial denture.

That can work for many patients. However, you have to take it out every night and clean it. In addition,
it takes longer to get used to the feel of removable dentures, but implants tend to feel natural right after
you get them, and implants tend to last longer than dentures as well.

If you have additional questions, reach out to us directly. At Beck Pearce Dental, we offer implants as
well as a wide range of other dental procedures. Our friendly dental staff enjoys working with people and
helping people get the smile they’ve always wanted. To schedule an appointment, contact today. For your
convenience, we have two locations, one in downtown Cincinnati and another in Mason.