Losing teeth as an adult is a stark contrast to losing teeth in childhood. When you’re a child, losing a tooth is almost like a rite of passage. Gateway Dental Group understands that tooth loss in adulthood is a traumatic event. Missing a tooth damages your self-esteem and makes you feel embarrassed of your smile. Another problem with tooth loss is that it harms the surrounding structures of your mouth. A tooth next to an empty tooth socket may shift into the empty space. This is why replacing missing teeth is very important. Thankfully, patients now have many options for tooth replacement. One of the most popular options today are dental implants. Below, our staff answers some commonly asked questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants consist of two parts. The first part is a titanium rod that is implanted directly into the jawbone. Over time, the rod will naturally fuse to your bone, firmly securing the implant in place. The other portion of the implant is a manmade crown. This crown resembles a natural tooth.
Are dental implants better than dentures?
Many patients feel that dental implants are more comfortable than dentures. Sometimes ill-fitting dentures slip and slide in the mouth. This can make chewing and speaking more difficult. Since dental implants are firmly locked in place, patients do not experience problems with talking or eating.
How are dental implants cleaned?
Dental implants are cleaned just like your natural teeth. You will brush and floss as you are normally instructed to do.
How long do dental implants last?
With proper oral hygiene and routine checkups, dental implants can last for a lifetime.
If you have experienced tooth loss, contact our Des Moines dentist office at (515) 244-9565 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Burds. He will answer your questions and recommend the best tooth replacement treatment for your needs. We serve patients from Des Moines and the neighboring communities.