The demand for dental implants continues to grow in the United States. Implants are sturdy, natural looking, and according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, they boast a 95 percent success rate. In fact, research by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry shows over half a million dental implants are placed every year. Because many of our patients have questions about the placement and maintenance of dental implants, Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, addresses common questions about implant dentistry.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
What are dental implants?
Dental implants consist of a biocompatible titanium post inserted directly into the jawbone. Once placed, the surrounding bone tissue will bond, or osseointegrate, with the post, anchoring the implant into place. Once the area heals, a restoration will be added to the top of the implant post, returning the full function, and beauty, of your smile.
Do dental implants help prevent the appearance of facial collapse?
Yes. When you lose a tooth, the body registers the absence of the tooth root and stops supplying doses of phosphate and calcium to the jawbone. Soon the bone dissolves, leading to facial collapse and an aged appearance. Because implants are placed directly into the jawbone, the body registers the post as a tooth root, resuming the flow of nutrients and preserving your facial structure.
Who qualifies for dental implants?
You must have an adequate amount of healthy jawbone tissue in order to support the implant. Otherwise, you may require a bone graft. Patients with gum disease may not be able to receive an implant, as periodontal disease often leads to implant failure.
Does Dr. James Stewart place dental implants?
Yes. Dr. Stewart places implants and also works with an implant surgeon who places implants for him in certain cases. Dr. Stewart, however, places all implant restorations.
Can dental implants be used to secure a set of dentures?
Yes. Multiple dental implants can be used to secure a fixed prosthetic into place, and for patients who have lost a significant amount of jawbone tissue, mini dental implants are available to secure dentures, as well.