Dental Implants FAQS

Dental Implants FAQS

Do you have a gap or two in your smile due to missing teeth? Your Eliot, ME, dentist, Dr. Robert Orendorf of South Berwick Dental, can help you enhance your appearance with dental implants, synthetic teeth that look and function just like natural teeth.

How do dental implants restore teeth?

Dental implants serve as the foundation for your new teeth and replace your roots with tiny, but strong, titanium posts. The posts are implanted in your jawbone and begin bonding to the bone, a process that usually takes three to six months.

Your Eliot dentist makes an impression of your teeth that will be used to fabricate a dental crown for your new tooth. Crowns look just like the part of your teeth you see when you look in your mirror. They're made of materials that closely resemble tooth enamel. Your new crowns will enhance your appearance and also improve your ability to chew and bite.

Crowns are attached to the tops of dental implants with small screws called abutments. Once the crowns and implants are connected, the restoration of your smile will be complete.

Will I feel the implants in my mouth?

Dental implants are exceptionally comfortable. In fact, most people who opt for implants report that their restorations feel just like the teeth they've lost. In time, you may even forget which teeth are implants and which are natural.

Your new teeth won't irritate your gums or slip when you chew or speak. Best of all, they won't decrease your biting power. You can continue to eat your favorite foods with your dental implants.

How do I take care of implants?

Implant care is incredibly simple. Keeping your restorations in good condition only involves brushing and flossing your teeth every day. Flossing around the base of your implants is particularly important and helps prevent an infection that could threaten the health of your implants.

How long do dental implants last?

With proper care, your dental implants can last your entire life, making them an exceptional value. You will need to replace your dental crowns every 10 to 15 years or longer when they show signs of wear.

Restore your smile with dental implants. Call your Eliot, ME, dentist, Dr. Robert Orendorf of South Berwick Dental, at (207) 384-2176 to schedule your appointment.

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