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FAQs About Dental Implants

Learn more about the popular solution for replacing missing adult teeth. 

Are you thinking about whether your smile could benefit from getting dental implants? If you’re looking for a lifelike restoration that can fill gaps between teeth and restore your smile then dental implants could be the best way to do it. Our Smyrna, TN, dentist is happy to answer any questions you may have about getting dental implants.

What is a dental implant? 

An implant is a small titanium screw and artificial tooth root. This screw is placed directly into the jawbone where your missing tooth roots used to be. Once the implant is surgically placed in the jawbone the bone and tissue surrounding the implant with naturally bond together with the restoration to become one. The implant will then be able to fully support a dental crown or multiple false teeth, depending on how many teeth you need to replace.

Who should get dental implants? 

Any healthy adult who is missing at least one tooth could benefit from getting a dental implant. Of course, there are certain factors you will need to consider before deciding whether implants are right for you, and our dentist would be happy to discuss all the details of this treatment process so you understand what getting implants entails. No matter whether you are missing one, several or all of your teeth, implants could be the right replacement option to meet your needs.

How long does it take to get a dental implant? 

The treatment process will depend on several factors including the number of implants, where the implants are being placed and how quickly your mouth heals after surgery. While it only takes about one appointment to place the implant into the jawbone we will need to wait months for the bone and implant to fuse together. You can expect the treatment process to take several months.

I already have dentures. Can I still get dental implants? 

Absolutely. If you are looking for a way to make your current teeth feel more stable and to stay in place then our dentist can place dental implants. The dentures can then attach to the top of the implants to keep them from moving around. Implant-supported dentures are a great way to restore biting strength, making it easier to enjoy the foods you love.

How long will my dental implant last? 

It is very possible that your new tooth could last the rest of your life, depending on when you get your implant. The implant itself can last several decades and may never need to be replaced, while the implant’s crown can last up to 15 years or more before needing a new one. Make sure to visit your Smyrna, TN, dental team every six months so that we can check the health of your dental implant. These visits coupled with good at-home care will ensure a long-lasting implant.

Are you interested in getting dental implants from our Smyrna, TN, family dentist? If you are ready to find out if you are an ideal candidate for implants schedule a consultation with Smyrna Dental Group at (615) 355-6800.

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