Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Before you get started with a treatment plan as advanced as dental implant tooth replacement, you’re sure to have questions. At Remmers Dental of Louisville, we want our patients to feel completely confident before they begin their treatment plans. On this page, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about dental implant tooth replacement, but this is just a start. To get all of the information you need before beginning a tooth replacement plan, you should contact Remmers Dental to schedule a tooth replacement consultation appointment. In our state-of-the-art Louisville dental office.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that can be inserted below the gum line to replace the roots of missing teeth. Once in place, one or more replacement teeth can be affixed to the implant post to recreate the lost teeth from the roots up.
What are Dental Implants Made From?
We offer dental implants made from a number of materials, including titanium, gold, other precious metals, ceramics, and polymers. We most often provide implant posts crafted from titanium and zirconia. These two restoration options have been tested and proven successful.
How Many Dental Implants do I Need?
The number of dental implant posts you’ll need depends largely on the number and placement of missing teeth. We usually recommend the following:
- One implant – to support a single dental crown, replacing one tooth.
- Two implants – to support a fixed bridge restoration, replacing two or more consecutive teeth.
- Three to six implants – to support an advanced dental restoration like partial and full dentures, replacing any number of missing teeth.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically placed. We make a small incision in the gums. Then, insert the implant post. Once in place, a protective cap is attached to the implant post. Over the course of three to six months, your implant fuses with the supportive tissue. Once the implant has fused with the gums and bone tissue, you’ll return, so we can attach the abutments to the implant posts and design your replacement tooth or teeth. When your custom crown, bridge, or denture are completed, you’ll return to our office, so we can anchor your restoration firmly to the implant posts, recreating a healthy, functional smile.
Do I Need to Replace My Dental Implants?
Most patients are able to keep the same dental implants for two decades or longer. In fact, with proper care, patients can keep their implant retained replacement teeth for the rest of their lives. This is compared to replacement every five to seven years as necessary with traditional tooth replacement options.
How do I Care for My Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?
Once in pace, you can brush your replacement tooth or teeth just like your natural smile. You may want to use a softer toothbrush or minimally abrasive toothpaste to avoid excessive wear. If you have a bridge or denture, it may be beneficial to use a specialized flossing tool like an air or water flosser to remove plaque and food buildup between your restoration and the gum line. For some patients, we may recommend using an antimicrobial mouth rinse to limit the amounts of plaque-producing oral bacteria and keep your smile healthy. During your six month dental exams and teeth cleanings, our team will help you by demonstrating proper brushing and flossing techniques, making product recommendations, and helping you to keep your smile healthy for life.