Dental Implants Dentist Novato Answers Frequently Asked Questions

Written by Dr. McConnell on Jul 28, 2014

Dental implants are a truly remarkable solution for the replacement of missing teeth. Although they have gained wide popularity in the last several years, many patients of the Dental Implants Dentist Novato still have questions as to the uses benefits of dental implants.
What is the purpose of a dental implant?

A dental implant is used to replace the root portion of your missing tooth to restore the tooth to its normal function. The implant itself is a small titanium post surgically implanted in your jaw bone. Over time this post integrates with surrounding bone and tissue, creating a stable base for a natural-looking dental restoration.  Dental implants may also be used to stabilize bridges and dentures.

Why is a dental implant better than a bridge for tooth replacement?

Dental implants offer the patient a permanent solution for replacement of missing teeth. The implant is designed to look, feel and function just like your natural tooth. Unlike bridges, dental implants are completely independent of surrounding teeth, so they provide a tooth replacement option that does not put stress on or require alteration of surrounding healthy teeth by your dentist.
How do I know if dental implants are right for me?

If you’re healthy enough to have a tooth pulled, you are most likely healthy enough for placement of a dental implant. A patient with one or more missing teeth or one who wears dentures may benefit from dental implants.
How long do dental implants last?

The long-term success rate for dental implants is very high. Before proceeding with a treatment plan, the Dental Implants Dentist Novato will conduct a comprehensive exam of your jaw and take digital x-rays of teeth and gums to determine if there is sufficient bone density to place an implant.
Will my dental implant need continued dental maintenance?

Your dental implant will not develop cavities, but there are precautions that you should take as you would with a dental crown or bridge. Maintaining a schedule of routine visits along with diligent at-home oral health care will guarantee the long life of the dental implant as well as your overall oral health.

Contact our Office for More Information

Please contact our office if you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implants. A member of our professional team will be happy to schedule a consultation.