According to research from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults over the age of 35 have lost at least one permanent tooth. By age 74, over 26% of people have lost all of their teeth. The road to advanced tooth loss can begin with a single missing tooth. At Grinnell Street Dental, we offer durable and esthetically pleasing dental replacements using implants. In today’s blog, your Sheridan dentist, Dr. Donald Coon, answers common questions about implant procedures.
Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What happens if I lose a tooth?
Answer: When you lose a tooth, the body stops supplying the surrounding jawbone with calcium and phosphorus. Without these nutrients, the bone tissue begins to dissolve. This increases the risk of further tooth loss and often causes patients to take on an aged appearance.
Question: How do dental implants work?
Answer: Implants consist of a biocompatible post that your Sheridan WY cosmetic dentist inserts into the jawbone. The bone tissue bonds with the post, securing the implant. A custom-made crown is placed onto the post, completing the restoration. Implants prevent the loss of jawbone density protecting and preserving your smile.
Question: Do dental implants look like natural teeth?
Answer: Yes. Implants are designed using lifelike materials so they blend seamlessly with your smile. The crowns placed on your implants are evens shaded to ensure they mimic the look of your surrounding teeth.
Question: How long do implants last?
Answer: On average, a dental implant can provide up to 25 years of quality restoration. To maintain your implants, care of them as your would your natural teeth:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Attend checkups and cleanings
Schedule a Visit with Your Sheridan WY Cosmetic Dentist
If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can restore your smile to full function and appearance. For more information on our innovative implant procedures, talk to your Sheridan WY cosmetic dentist, Dr. Coon, today. Contact Dr. Coon by calling Grinnell Street Dental at (307) 672-7567. Located in the 82801 area, we welcome patients from Sheridan, WY, and all surrounding communities.