Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a device that replaces a tooth root. It is placed in the jawbone and is not visible inside the mouth. Its purpose is to support a prosthetic tooth, bridge or fixed appliance, and to prevent bone and soft tissue loss.
- What is a crown?
A crown covers an entire tooth structure. Its purpose is to provide support to a tooth that has been compromised by endodontic treatment (root canal), very large fillings, or teeth that have been broken. Crowns are also used to attach a bridge or to cover an implant.
- Are removable teeth as functional as non-removable?
No. Studies have shown that removable dentures without implants provide only 25% of the function of natural teeth. A fixed prosthesis retained with implants can provide 110% or more of the function of natural teeth.
- What is a veneer?
A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. Veneers can be used to change the shape or color of teeth, to give the appearance of straight teeth in a patient who has crooked teeth, or to close gaps between teeth.
- I have lost all of my natural teeth. Are removable teeth my only option?
Absolutely not! With advances in implant dentistry we have many options for non-removable tooth replacement.
- I wear a removable upper denture, but it irritates the roof of my mouth. Are there any other options?
Yes. It is possible to have an implant retained prosthesis that does not cover the roof of your mouth.