At Mountainside Dental Group, we offer a wide range of dentistry services at our practice, with dental implants being among our specialties. Our team is committed to helping ensure every patient who walks through our door can achieve a full, healthy smile. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, that may seem like a far-fetched goal. However, through expert dental implant procedures, we can help you achieve it. We want you to understand the process, so we have compiled answers to some of the most frequently asked questions in our office. Call us today if you have further questions of your own.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that serve as a permanent base for replacement teeth. They are long-term solutions to missing teeth because they act like natural teeth and feel much more secure and comfortable than other alternatives, such as bridges or dentures. The complete structure typically consists of three parts – the implant, an abutment, and a crown. The Mountainside Dental Group team will attach the implant to your jawbone to act as a root for your new prosthetic tooth.
Are dental implants and dental veneers the same?
No. Dental implants secure replacement teeth to a patient’s jawbone when the teeth are missing. They restore complete function and can help resolve bite problems caused by natural teeth shifting into voids left by missing teeth. Veneers, on the other hand, are more of a cosmetic dentistry solution. When applied directly to teeth, veneers can mimic the appearance of natural teeth while also covering chips, stains, and gaps.
Why should I get dental implants?
If you are missing any teeth, it is essential that you address the issue immediately. Empty space can cause the jawbone to begin to deteriorate and the remaining teeth to shift, resulting in facial structure problems. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement options that can prevent bone loss or even stimulate bone growth. You should consider dental implants from Mountainside Dental Group if you want to improve your smile, oral health, and confidence all at once.
Does the dental implant procedure hurt?
Discomfort is a potential element of most surgical procedures, but our team will administer anesthesia to you before the process begins to help minimize any pain. Fortunately, the bone on which we will place the implant has few pain-sensing nerves, so you will not have to worry about considerable pain during the surgery. For a few days following the procedure, you may experience slight discomfort in your chin, cheeks, and gums, but we can provide painkillers to mitigate the severity.
What are dental implants composed of?
Dental implants are typically made of titanium or titanium alloys. This durable material ensures their longevity and safety for use in patients’ mouths. The jawbone can grow around titanium and bond to it as if it were natural bone, a process called osseointegration.
How long do dental implants last?
Dental implants are designed to be a lifelong solution. They are not susceptible to tooth decay, so you could use them forever without requiring replacements. However, their longevity relies upon you maintaining healthy gums for support. Be sure to take care of your oral health meticulously and visit Mountainside Dental Group with any issues or concerns.
Will others be able to tell I am wearing dental implants?
Unless you announce your procedure, no one will know that you have dental implants. Our dental health professionals will ensure that your replacement teeth look as natural as possible and resemble your existing teeth. Dental implants are made to complement your mouth perfectly to guarantee that no one is aware that they are artificial.
Contact Mountainside Dental Group Today
The Mountainside Dental Group team understands that you may have a long list of questions about dental implants. We have been performing the procedure at our offices for years. If you have concerns that have not been answered here, let us know. Contact us today to request an appointment or learn more.