Allen dental implant specialist, Dr. Marco Cueva, takes pride in restoring the smiles of patients who’ve suffered tooth loss. Through the use of dental implants, your replacement teeth can look, feel, and function better than your expectations, and can even help preserve the long-term health and integrity of your oral health. Today, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants and their advantages over traditional tooth replacement options.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is a prosthetic tooth root made from biocompatible titanium. The small root-shaped implant is surgically inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the implant through a process called osseointegration. Once your jawbone has healed, your dental crown or denture can be attached to small connective rods on top of each implant, mimicking your natural teeth’s root-and-crown structure.

How Successful are Dental Implants?

Though many people may have only recently learned of dental implants, the restorations have over three decades of clinical experience, and today dental implants enjoy a success rate of over 98%.

What are the Main Advantages of Dental Implants?

A sturdy base for your replacement teeth is only one advantage of dental implants. Replacing your teeth’s roots also help maintain your jawbone’s integrity, which depends on the presence of healthy roots to sustain an adequate supply of nutrients. When left untreated, the loss of your roots and the resulting nutrient deficiency can cause your jawbone to deteriorate, leading to further tooth loss and the unsightly appearance of facial collapse.

How Do I Care for My Dental Implants?

Caring for implant-supported replacement teeth is similar to, and equally as important, as caring for your natural teeth. Brush and floss at least twice a day and visit Dr. Cueva as often as recommended for routine care. With proper maintenance, your dental implants can last a lifetime (though your dental crown or denture may need replacement after years of use).

Expert Tooth Replacement with Your Allen Dental Implant Specialist

To learn more about dental implants, or to take the first step in expertly restoring your smile after tooth loss, schedule an appointment with your Allen dental implant specialist by calling (972) 390-9944 today. Located in the 75013 area, we proudly welcome patients from Allen, Plano, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, Fairview, Murphy, Wylie, Lewisville, Carrolton, and surrounding communities.