Dental implants are today's best tooth-replacement choice. Placed directly into the jaw by your Lansing dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, these innovative restorations mimic the functionality of your natural tooth roots in order to optimize bone health, chewing, speech and smile appearance. Interested? Read on to learn the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding dental implants, and contact the professional team here at Smile by Stone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry to schedule a consultation!
FAQs about dental implants
What is a dental implant? An implant is a completely artificial tooth. Made of a titanium metal screw or cylinder, metal alloy extension post, and porcelain crown, a dental implant fully replaces a missing tooth. Your Lansing dentist, Dr. Scott Stone, uses reliable and versatile Biohorizons dental implants.
Why are implants superior to conventional tooth replacements? Dental implants do something that no other prosthetic can: they bond to the jaw through a process called osseointegration in which the bone cells adhere to the titanium or zirconium in the implant device. Once this occurs, the implants provide a permanently stable foundation for your replacement tooth.
Can most people get implants? Yes, healthy adults and older teenagers can, although you must have enough bone in your jaw to accept the implant device. Dr. Stone will determine this candidacy through an examination and special X-ray imaging.
Will my implants hurt? No, in-office implant procedures are not painful because your Lansing dentist anesthetizes the surgical sites with a local pain shot. Some patients opt for nitrous oxide as well to aid relaxation. Afterward, the implant site may be sore for a few days, but over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen will successfully control your discomfort.
How long does a dental implant last? The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says implants last four or five decades. For most implant patients, that represents the rest of their lives.
Here at Smile by Stone Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Scott Stone offers the most comfortable and innovative restorative treatments available. Renew your smile and your self-confidence by phoning us for an appointment at (517) 482-5546.