Dental implant posts are prosthetic teeth roots that are designed to give your dental prosthesis (i.e., dental bridge or denture) the same stability as healthy, natural teeth on their roots. They’ve been around long enough that most people recognize the term, but even patients who’ve lost teeth and can benefit from them don’t always recognize the benefits of receiving them. At our Ft. Worth, TX, dental implant office, we’re happy to help patients enjoy the many different benefits that come with dental implant-supported tooth replacements, and we’re happy to answer questions you may have!
How long do dental implants last?
A dental implant is designed for your jawbone to fuse to its surface – a process known as osseointegration – making the implant post a permanent part of your jawbone. With proper care and maintenance, your implant post or posts can remain in place for life. Your dental crown, bridge, or denture may require replacement after several years of wear. However, with the support of dental implants, it’s increased stability can help it last longer, and replacing it (if necessary) will be significantly more convenient.
Can an implant succeed if there’s jawbone loss?
One of the biggest factors in the success of dental implant placement is the level of support that your jawbone can offer them. Many patients experience jawbone degradation following the loss of their teeth roots, and in severe cases, it may impact your candidacy for dental implant placement. However, at our office, we can provide several different types of implant posts, including mini implants and small diameter implants that can often be placed with less jawbone structure than traditional implant posts. With the help of smaller implant posts, you may be able to avoid the need for jawbone grafting to strengthen your jawbone.
Is caring for dental implants difficult?
When you receive a dental implant-supported restoration, there are no hidden clasps, modified abutment teeth, or other additional supportive apparatus to care for. As they mimic the structures of your healthy natural teeth and rely on the same supportive gums and jawbone structure, caring for your implants is similar to caring for your healthy smile. That means practicing excellent hygiene at home every day and visiting your general dentist on a routine basis for professional checkups and cleanings.
Get answers to more dental implant questions
If you’re wondering whether or not dental implants are a good idea for your smile, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have! To learn more, schedule a free consultation by calling The Dental Implant Place in Ft. Worth, TX, today at 817-560-0414. We proudly serve the residents of Ft. Worth, Dallas, Southlake, and all surrounding communities.