Richmond Dentist Tests Your Knowledge of Dental Implants

Nov 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Implants, Patient Education

Dental ImplantsIf you are a patient of ours or a regular reader of our blog, then you know that dental implants are the most complete option available for replacing one or more missing teeth. However, knowing about your dental health and your options for treating dental issues can better prepare you to take optimal care of your teeth. To test how prepared you are, Richmond dentist Dr. Stefan Moiceanu quizzes your knowledge of dental implants and the advantages that make them your best option for tooth replacement.

Dental Implants: How Much Do You Know?

Questions

1.    What part(s) of your tooth does a dental implant replace?
a.     Crown (top part)
b.    Root (bottom part)
c.    Crown and Root
d.    Pulp
2.    What can dental implant posts support?
a.    Dental crown
b.    Full denture
c.    Partial Denture
d.    All of the above
3.    Which of the following oral health conditions do dental implants NOT help prevent?
a.    Jawbone deterioration
b.    Shifting teeth
c.    Oral cancer
d.    Facial collapse

Answers

1.    C—What makes a dental implant unique from other restorations is that it replaces the root of a lost tooth as well as the crown. The implant post, which is shaped like a small rod or screw, is inserted into your jawbone, which fuses to the titanium screw. Once the jawbone heals, the post can be used to support a replacement dental prosthetic.
2.    D—Once the implant is securely attached to your jawbone and healed, it can be used to support a dental crown (for single tooth loss), partial denture (for multiple tooth loss), or full denture (for total tooth loss on the bottom or top dental arch).
3.    C—Dental implants replace lost teeth. They also help prevent your jawbone from deteriorating by maintaining tooth root stimulation. This stimulation signals your body that a tooth is present and that your jawbone needs nutrients to support it. By keeping your jawbone healthy, the implant also helps prevent facial collapse—the sunken-cheek look that results from advanced jawbone deterioration. The restoration (crown or denture) prevents remaining natural teeth from shifting by filling the empty space those teeth would be trying to fill.

Get Your Dental Implants in Richmond

To find out if dental implants are the right choice for you, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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