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Dental Implants Q&A

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A dental implant is considered the finest tooth replacement currently available in the field of restorative dentistry. Despite being the only tooth replacement that is virtually permanent, many people do not pursue receiving a dental implant because they simply do not know about this treatment or how it is performed.

Therefore, your local Santa Cruz implant dentists at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry has compiled this list of frequently asked questions related to dental implants, as taken from the questions asked most by patients.

Q: How do I know if I need a dental implant?

A: A dental implant is installed to replace a missing tooth or one that is about to be lost due to damage or decay.

Q: What is a dental implant?

A: An implant consists of the implant screw itself, which usually is made of titanium. The implant is topped with a crown made of beautiful dental porcelain. Not only does this porcelain reflect light in a way similar to natural tooth enamel, but the cosmetic dental team at Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can match the shape and color of the crown to look like your other natural, healthy teeth.

Q: Does a dentist need special qualifications to perform a dental implant procedure?

A: Absolutely. A dentist performing a dental implant procedure should be up to date on the latest techniques in restorative dentistry. A background in oral surgery also is recommended, as the implant screw itself will be inserted into the jawbone. Make sure the dentist you choose for an implant treatment can answer any question you may ask. Your dentist should go over all the benefits, risks and alternative treatments. Also, your dentist should perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health, while also examining your past medical history, before beginning work on an implant procedure.

Q: What are the chances of success for a dental implant procedure? 

A: Dental implants have a success rate of 98 percent. However, keep in mind that taking care of your implant is a necessity to ensure the longevity of your tooth replacement. Success can also depend on where the implant is installed in the jaw, as well as how the patient maintains overall oral hygiene.

Q: What sets apart a dental implant from other tooth replacement options?

A: No other tooth replacement provides stimulation to the supporting jawbone. Usually, that stimulation comes from the tooth’s root. The implant screw replaces that tooth root, stimulating the supporting bone and preventing long-term deterioration of the supporting bone structure. Also, because an implant is permanently attached to the jawbone, it will not slip or shift such as with other tooth replacement options, such as dentures.

Dental Implants in Scotts Valley

Ready to learn more about dental implants? The next step is to schedule a consultation with an implant dentist in Scotts Valley. To get started, call the office of Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 438-4411 to schedule your consultation.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry provides total oral health care for patients located in the California communities of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley.