What to Know About Dental Implants


Whether you’ve recently lost a tooth or have worn a dental bridge or denture for years, dental implants may be able to improve the health and longevity of your smile. Before choosing implants, however, your dentist will thoroughly discuss their benefits and your candidacy for receiving them. Given their many long-term advantages, patients are excited to learn what dental implants can do for their smiles and their overall quality of life.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are small posts made from biocompatible titanium and designed to restore the functions of your lost teeth roots. Part of that function is supporting your teeth; implants are used to support a replacement crown, bridge, or denture, depending on how many teeth you’ve lost. They also reestablish the stimulation of your teeth roots every time you bite and chew, which helps keep your jawbone strong and healthy by inviting minerals and nutrients to the area.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

More good news about dental implants is that they can benefit patients who’ve experienced single, multiple, or complete tooth loss. Your dentist will design an appropriate restoration according to the severity of your tooth loss, and then place an appropriate number of dental implant posts to support it.

How do I qualify for dental implants?

Many patients who’ve experienced tooth loss are viable candidates for dental implant, but first, your dentist will ensure that your jawbone is strong and healthy enough. Your dentist will also check for signs of gum disease, which may compromise the long-term success of your dental implants and lead to further tooth loss if not addressed.

If you’ve lost one or more teeth and want the most lifelike options for replacing them, then find out more about the benefits of dental implants. Schedule an appointment by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, today at (724) 285-4153.