These are some of the common questions about dental implants that Dr. Jeffery Bellisario answers during his consultations. If you're considering dental implants but can't find the answers you're looking for, then call or email the Office of Dr. Bellisario at (610) 810-2090 today.
If I don’t replace missing teeth, will it impact my dental health?
Missing teeth can negatively affect both your dental health and your overall systemic health. Missing teeth create space for other teeth to shift, which can make biting, chewing, and speaking difficult. Missing teeth also contribute to premature ear on existing teeth, along with gum disease and bone loss.
When a tooth is not replaced, the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth will often begin to dissolve away in a process called resorption. By placing a dental implant and allowing bone to grow around it, you convince your body that a real tooth still exists, and prevent bone loss from continuing.
How long do dental implants last?
The longevity of dental implants mostly depends upon how well you take care of them. With daily brushing and flossing at home – combined with regular check-ups at our office – your dental implants can potentially last a lifetime.
However, if you smoke or develop serious gum disease, you put yourself at a higher risk of implant failure.
How secure are dental implants?
Since dental implants are fused directly to your jawbone, they are just as strong as your natural teeth. Osseointegration – the process of bone growing around an implant and anchoring it in place – provides an incredibly strong support system for your artificial tooth.
Why are dental implants a better option than dental bridges or dentures?
Dental implants come with a number of advantages over other tooth replacement options. Most notably, they:
- Last longer than dental bridges or dentures.
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- Allow you to eat and speak normally.
- Do not require modification to adjacent natural teeth.
- Are cared for like your natural teeth.
- Are permanently fixed in place.
- Are more comfortable than dental bridges or dentures.
What are dental implants made of?
Dental implants consist of three main parts: the root post, which is made of biocompatible titanium; the abutment, which attaches to the top of the root; and the dental crown, which is made of custom-crafted porcelain.
If you have more questions, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario online or call (610) 810-2090 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.