Are you concerned about a missing tooth but aren't sure that dental implants are the right option for you? H. David Allick, DDS, PA, of White Flint Dental Associates, offers cosmetic dentistry services in Rockville, MD and answers a few commonly asked questions about implants.
How long do implants last?
With proper care, you can expect your new implant to last a lifetime. Implants, tiny titanium screws, bond to your jawbone and provide a stable foundation for the porcelain crown that will be placed on top of the implant. You'll use the crown to bite and chew, and the implant will take the place of the roots of your tooth. Since the implant fuses to your jaw, it will never need to be replaced in most cases. You may need to replace the crown after 15 or 20 years.
Why should I choose an implant instead of dentures or a bridge?
Both dentures or bridges are good tooth replacement options. But since neither of these options are permanent, you can probably expect to replace them two or three times during your life, which can be costly. Dentures and bridges can irritate your gums if they don't fit properly, unlike dental implants, which function just like a natural tooth. When you wear dentures, your biting power is reduced, which makes it difficult to eat hard foods. Your ability to bite and chew never changes when you have an implant, and you can continue to enjoy your favorite foods.
Is it hard to take care of dental implants?
After you receive your implant, you will brush and floss as usual. Flossing is particularly important because it helps prevent an infection that can lead to the loss of your implant. Your Rockville dentist may recommend that you use a special interdental brush to floss around the base of your implant.
Ready to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry option? Call your Rockville, MD dentist, Dr. H. David Allick, of White Flint Dental Associates at (301) 881-6666 and make an appointment today. Don't let tooth loss ruin your smile!