The Basics of Dental Implants

If you have a tooth that needs to be pulled and you are worried about how you're going to replace it, then this article is for you. One of the best options for you to consider is a dental implant. But what are dental implants and what do you need to know about them? This article will answer a few basic questions for you, so if you are ready to learn more, read on. 

What Are Dental Implants? 

Dental implants involve two parts: a dental post and a dental crown. Once your tooth has been removed and your gums have healed a little, your dentist will surgically implant a metal rod into your gums. The metal rod will act as your tooth's natural root. After several months of healing (and as long as it's healed properly), your dentist will then place a dental crown over the top. Your dental crown is what will actually function as your tooth. 

Do Dental Implants Work? 

As long as you have healthy gums, don't smoke, and take care of the incision site, then your dental implant should work. During your initial appointment with your dentist, they will take some X-rays to determine whether or not your gums will be healthy enough to support the implant. If your implant fails, then you and your dentist will discuss other options that you may have instead. 

How Do I Take Care of My Dental Implant? 

After your dental implant has fully healed and the crown has been placed, taking care of it is really quite simple. In fact, all you have to do is brush and floss your teeth like normal. Then, your dentist will schedule several follow-up appointments with you to see whether or not your dental implant is working well. 

Are There Downfalls to Dental Implants?

The only real downside to a dental implant is that it won't be permanent. However, they will last several years on average, so you won't have to worry about having it replaced too often. 

As you can see, there are several unique benefits to dental implants. If you recently lost a tooth or had to have it pulled, this option may be worth considering. During your initial consultation with your dentist, they will go over all of the options that you to help you determine which one is best for you. To learn more, contact a dentist near you.