If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, you may be doing yourself a disservice. In addition to concerns about self-esteem with missing teeth, the absence of a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw, a sunken appearance, and an increased risk of dental issues such as gum disease. Instead of living with missing teeth, ask your Tucson dentist if dental implants might be right for you. Dental implants are a permanent alternative to dentures, and offer many benefits that make them a popular choice. Keep reading for answers to your questions about dental implants.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Your natural teeth are supported by your jaw bone. If you lose a tooth, the bone that normally supports it will gradually start to wear away. Dental implants help prevent this from happening because a titanium post is placed in the jaw bone, mimicking a natural tooth root. The implant can actually help stimulate bone growth if there has been some loss. A prosthetic tooth, or crown, is secured to the post for a strong, stable replacement. Dental implants are custom designed just for you, so they’ll match the appearance of your existing natural teeth.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants should always be placed by a dentist who has experience with the procedure. Just like your natural teeth, they should be cared for properly to ensure that they last a long time. While your dental implants are not susceptible to tooth decay, the areas surrounding your implants can develop gum disease if you don’t brush, floss, and visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you are considering whether dental implants are right for you, you’ll need to consult with your dentist. People with good jaw bone density are typically good dental implant candidates, and you should be in relatively good oral health. If you don’t have enough jaw bone to support an implant, your dentist may recommend a bone graft first.

Call the dental office of Dr. Robert C. Brei, DDS at (520) 325-9000 to schedule a consultation to find out if dental implants might be right for you. Our friendly team of dental professionals will provide you with high-quality, compassionate care. Visit our website to learn more about our Tucson dental practice.