Dental Implants FAQs

If your missing teeth are making you reluctant to smile, one option for beautiful teeth in Tallahassee, dental implants. They can replace missing teeth with natural-looking permanent teeth. Dr. James Walton would be happy to sit down with you and discuss all the available options. 

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are man-made anchors that look like screws. They take the place of the root of a natural tooth.  Made from titanium, the rejection rate is very low. Inserted into the jawbone, with time they become fused with the jaw and gums and are the perfect base for a crown. The result is a natural-looking replacement for your own tooth that allows you to bite and chew as if you had never lost a tooth. 

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

A good candidate for dental implants has good general health and good oral health as well. If you have had gum disease, talk to your dentist about the amount of bone loss you have sustained. Bone grafts can be used if the bone loss is not too extensive. If you have certain health issues, dental implants may not be the best choice. Any illness that makes healing an issue can make dental implants less successful. Again, discuss this with your dentist. They can tell you if dental implants in Tallahassee, FL, are the right choice for you. 

What are the advantages of dental implants?

Dental implants are comfortable and stable. With proper care, they are designed to last a lifetime and are the closest thing to a natural tooth that you can get. The dentist will match the color of the crown to your own teeth and no one will be the wiser. 

What is the success rate of dental implants?

According to the NIH, the reported success rate is 90-95%. But, many factors determine how successful the implant will be. The age of the person receiving the implant, bone quality, and where the implant is located in the mouth all influence the success rate. How well you care for your implant is also important, good oral health is vital to making sure that your implant will be successful.  

Do dental implants last?

Implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Keep your gums healthy and follow the ADA recommendations for cleaning your teeth at home and getting regular professional cleanings and exams. 

If you are considering dental implants in Tallahassee, FL, Dr. Walton offers these services and is happy to sit down with you to discuss your particular case. Call their office to schedule a consultation at 850-893-2136. 

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