Dental Implants Q & A

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are one replacement option for missing teeth. They have the closest appearance, function, and sensation to your natural teeth. Dental implants have three essential components:

Root This metal, screw-like piece is placed in your jawbone and anchors the implant to the underlying bone.

Post This metal extension connects the root to the crown and is placed after the root is secured, and your mouth has properly healed.

Crown This is the custom-made prosthetic tooth that is placed after the root heals and sits on top of the gumline.

The implantation process usually takes several months. Dr. Zharkina surgically places the root first. Then, the root needs to heal and fuse to the bone, a process that takes three to six months. Once the root is ready, Dr. Zharkina attaches the post and makes preparations for the crown. Once she places the crown, your dental implant is complete. You shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a natural tooth and a prosthetic tooth because they should look and feel the same.

What are the benefits of dental implants? Dental implants aren’t your only restorative option for missing teeth. Bridges and full or partial dentures are some alternative solutions. However, dental implants do have some specific advantages:

  • Meant to last a lifetime

  • Help preserve the health and density of the jawbone

  • Don’t require any supplementary care

The team at InStyle Dental recommends regular cleanings and exams, just like the rest of your teeth, to preserve your dental implants.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants? A qualified prosthodontist like Dr. Zharkina is one of the best specialists to consult about dental implants. Some indicators that you’re a good candidate for dental implants include:

  • You’re in good general health with no chronic conditions or contraindications

  • Your teeth and gums are healthy

  • You have adequate jawbone density to support an implant

  • You’re committed to taking good care of your teeth

Dental implants may not be a good option for those with certain chronic health conditions or poor oral care habits. Find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants by calling the office or requesting an appointment using the online booking system.