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Merrimack Dental Implants Frequently Asked Questions
Replacing one or more missing teeth with a dental implant supported tooth replacement plan is a big undertaking that involves a significant time and financial commitment from patients. We know that before you begin a complex dentistry plan like implant supported tooth replacement, you’ll want to ask some questions. On this page, you’ll find answers to some of those dental implant questions we hear most often. This is by no means a comprehensive list of questions, so please don’t hesitate to call Dental Designs of New England in Merrimack to find out more. We’re always here to help with all of your oral health care needs.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts inserted into the gum line to replace lost tooth roots. These implant posts are surgically placed, and they provide natural looking, feeling, and functioning support for any number of replacement teeth.
What are Dental Implants Made From?
Dental implants are available in a variety of materials. The most often used option is titanium. This metal has been used for decades to repair damaged bones, and it provides an effective option to ensure dental implant posts fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissues. There are other metal implants available, but these materials have not had success rates as high as titanium for the most part. Zirconia offers an effective alternative to metal implant posts. This metal-free material allows us to recreate natural root structures for patients with sensitivities to metal.
How Many Dental Implants do I Need?
The number of dental implants you need depends on the number and position of missing teeth. A single implant can be used to support one replacement tooth or two fused together replacement teeth. Two implants are used to support fixed bridges to restore several consecutive missing teeth. Three to six implant posts support partial and full dentures and can be used to replace any number of consecutive or nonconsecutive missing teeth.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed below the gum lines. While many patients worry about this surgical treatment, it is actually a minimally invasive procedure. We simply need to make a small incision into the gums. Then, we place the dental implant. A protective cap is attached to the implant. This cap maintains the space needed to attach the restoration to the implant while allowing the post to fuse with the supportive bone and gum tissue. After the implants have fully fused with the jawbone, you’ll return to our office, so we can attach your restoration.
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
With proper care, your dental implant supported replacement tooth can last two or more decades. In fact, many patients keep their implant supported replacement tooth or teeth for the rest of their lives.