Even though dental implants have been readily available for many decades, many patients are still unaware of the benefits dental implants provide. Typically, patients seek dental implant therapy to replace one or more missing teeth or to stabilize a denture. Dental implants have an advantage to typical bridges in the way that they maintain jawbone and the overall structure of the jaw. It gives a physiological stimulus that will allow your jaw bone to continue its normal function. This list of frequently asked questions should help address some of the common questions you may have about dental implants. At Coastal Jaw Surgery, we pride ourselves on patient education and strive to demystify the topic of oral health and the kinds of oral surgery and dental implant procedures we perform. With locations in Palm Harbor, Trinity, and Spring Hill, Florida, we’ve helped many patients over the years feel the benefits of dental implants.
When you lose teeth, as time goes by, your jaw bone will begin to shrink. This shrinking effect can cause us to look older than we are. However, with dental implant therapy, this atrophy or shrinking will not happen. Dental implants also allow you to continue eating the foods you love. For example, many patients who love to eat nuts, apples, corn on the cob, or steak will have a difficult time doing so with a bridge or a denture that has not been anchored with dental implants.
Following are some of the most common questions patients have about dental implants.