When patients of Alta Dental consider their options to replace missing teeth, many appreciate the numerous benefits that dental implants offer over traditional removable dentures. Among these is the renewed ability to bite and chew firmly, not having to remove the dentures for special care, and the ability of our laboratory to match the color and shape of the replacement teeth to existing teeth. Naturally, patients have concerns as well. One of the most typical questions they ask before deciding to undergo this procedure is “Are dental implants safe?”
A Safe and Predictable Restorative Dentistry Procedure
Dental implants provide you with replacement roots for the teeth that you have lost. These rods are constructed from titanium in most cases. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, your body should have no problem accepting it. Dr. Zaveri implants the titanium rods, called abutments, into the spot left open by the missing teeth. These provide a sturdy foundation when he attaches your permanent dentures several weeks or months later.
The reason you must wait to have the replacement teeth attached is that the bone surrounding the implant needs time to fuse together and attach itself to the new roots. The term for this process is osteointegration. It is necessary to enable your new permanent dentures to function in the same capacity as your remaining teeth. Dental implant surgery is the only restorative dentistry procedure that stimulates natural bone that remains under the missing teeth.
Schedule a Consultation with Alta Dental to Determine if You’re a Good Candidate for Dental Implants
Although most people with missing teeth are eligible for dental implants, there are a few health conditions and lifestyle habits will exclude a small percentage of patients. If you want the convenience that you just can’t find with removable dentures, we encourage you to contact Alta Dental to request a consultation with Dr. Zaveri. In addition to answering questions about safety concerns, he will discuss the procedure in-depth and describe how to care for dental implants after placement. We look forward to helping you improve the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth.