Dental implants are becoming more and more popular as an option for replacing missing teeth. However, they are still new enough that many patients have questions about them. As a result, Dr. Konopka and our team are happy to answer your questions about dental implants to help you determine if this restoration is right for you.
What is a dental implant?
Dental implants consist of titanium posts that attach to a dental restoration, such as a crown, bridge, or denture. Our dentist will surgically attact the post to your jawbone to replace the missing tooth root. This ultimately provides stability for the rest of the restoration.
How many teeth does a dental implant replace?
Dental implants can replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even a full arch. Dr. Konopka can attach a dental restoration in the form of a single crown, bridge, partial, or complete denture.
How do I care for my dental implant?
Dental implants require the same care as natural teeth. Brush and floss your dental implant as you would a normal tooth to remove buildup. Regular dental hygiene also helps keep the surrounding gum tissue clean and healthy. Even if you received a full arch replacement, you will need to clean your mouth every day and visit our dentist for checkups.
Could my body reject the implant?
Technically, your body cannot reject a dental implant because implants do not contain any living cells. Some patients experience allergic reactions, but these are very rare due to fact that implant posts are extremely biocompatible. Sometimes, a dental implant does not integrate properly with the jawbone and may need to be redone; however, this, too, is uncommon. Overall, dental implants have a very high success rate.
Are dental implants right for me?
Dr. Konopka will perform a thorough dental exam, complete with X-rays and a 3D scan of the implant location, to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.
Please feel free to contact our dental office in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, at 586-296-1140 if you have any additional questions about dental implants. We look forward to restoring your smile!