Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
How do dental implants support my healthy, remaining teeth?
If you lose one or a few teeth, the remaining teeth will begin to move into the empty space. This may lead to many additional issues such as deformities, TMJ problems, and make your remaining teeth more susceptible to decay. A dental implant supported prosthesis will hold healthy teeth in their natural place along the arch and prevent any additional issues.
How long do dental implants last?
A dental implant should last your entire lifetime. However, it will require proper care and you must also keep yourself in good overall health. People who take good care of their oral health as well as their overall health have a better chance of their implants lasting forever. Dr. Reece will discuss any special care your new smile may require to remain as healthy as possible.
Will dental implants cause any damage to my other teeth?
No. Unlike when you have other restorations placed, dental implant supported restorations will only replace the teeth you are missing and does not require support from your other teeth. If you choose a dental bridge, your dentist will need to reduce the size of the two teeth on both sides of the gap to accommodate the bridge. Also, holding the bridge in place will place additional strain on those teeth.
How to dental implants prevent premature aging?
Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution to halt bone loss in the jaw. Your natural face shape and jaw line will begin to change and shrink as the bone slowly deteriorates. This will cause your face to look sunken in and deep wrinkles will form around your mouth making you appear years older. The dental implant posts will replace the missing teeth roots and help provide enough stimulation to the jaw bone to prevent bone loss.
My dentures slip around a lot. Will dental implant solve this problem?
Yes! Many people who tried to use dentures are unhappy with how they fit. It is not too late to change your mind and switch to implant supported dentures. Since the implant posts will essentially become one with the jaw bone, anchoring the denture to them makes it very stable. The denture will not be able to slip around in your mouth causing slurred speech. You will also never have to worry about it falling out of your mouth.
How do dentures attach to dental implants?
Your denture will either snap into place on several implants or your dentist will secure it with screws. A removable overdenture will snap onto a ball or bar attachment that is connected to the implants. A screw-retained denture is the most permanent way to secure a denture. However, only Dr. Reece can remove it at his Charlotte, NC dentist office.
How many teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants can replace one, many or all of your teeth. Dr. Reece will analyze your tooth loss and oral health during your implant consultation at our Charlotte, NC dentist office. Then, he will create a personalized solution based on your needs. We can use dental crowns, dental bridges and full dentures that are supported with implants to replace the exact number of teeth you are missing?