Implant Dentistry - Frequently Asked Questions
Missing teeth? Loose or weak bridge work? Denture slipping? Maybe this is a good time to learn more about Implant Dentistry – Dr. DeGraff is pleased to offer a complimentary consultation to determine if you may be a candidate.
Who is a dental implant candidate?
  • The perfect option for people missing one, two, or more teeth
  • You have problems with existing crowns or bridges.
  • You have loose dentures.
  • You would like to have fixed teeth again.
  • You would like to restore your facial profiles and contours.
  • You would like the sense of taste to improve form that of dentures.
What are the benefits of dental implant treatment?
  • Implants prevent the necessity of having other teeth cut down in order to build a bridge or crown.
  • Denture wearer – you won’t have to worry about loose dentures, an inconsistent fit, or other embarrassments such as, poor appearance, dentures dropping down or out. You will be able to chew as hard as natural teeth with your dentures.
  • Your replacement tooth/teeth on the implant(s) are fixed and function as a natural tooth.
  • They preserve the skeletal structures of your face. This will prevent facial changes, reduce thinning lips, drooping facial muscles and therefore drooping facial posture and in severe cases witches chin.
  • Prevention of tongue enlargement, tooth movement (shifting) , pain due to dentures (partials)
Do implant procedures cause much pain?
  • Relax. In most cases these procedures produce very little discomfort. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain medication.
Can I still eat my favorite foods with implants?
  • There are no food limitations once implants are integrated into the bone with adequate numbers and proper location.
Do implants have add’l benefits on my overall health that differ from other treatments for tooth loss?
  • Dental implants do not have problems with caries (decay), root caries, or hot/cold sensitivity.
  • When you have a dental implant, you can floss and brush as you do with your own teeth.
  • They prevent bone loss. Bone loss in the jaw affects the gums and ridges in your mouth, as well as the muscles (muscles attach to the bone) and nerves in and around the mouth. As the bone resorbs it becomes more difficult to wear and function with dentures. In advanced stages it becomes impossible for a dentist to even make a new denture that fits or functions.
How do dental implants prevent bone loss?
  • Bone needs internal stimulation to maintain its form and density. That is why the astronauts lose bone mass while they are in space - their bones lack the stimulation that results from our everyday resistance to gravity. The bone in your jaw is constantly reinforced by the force applied by your teeth.. It is the force transmission into the bone, not onto the bone, that strengthens bone.
  • The teeth transmit force into surrounding bone, so when you loose a tooth, the lack of stimulation results in bone loss or resorption.
  • Implants are inserted into the jawbone in place of missing teeth. Then prosthetic restorations, like porcelain crowns, bridge-work, or dentures are attached to a post or abutment placed on the implant. So when you chew, the implant acts like the root of a tooth - it transmits force into the jaw and stimulates the bone.
  • Dental implants have been proven not only to stop bone loss, but in some cases actually to reverse bone loss and restore the health of the jaw.
  • Dentures place forces onto bone (not into) the external surfaces of bone. This type of force stimulates bone resorption and is the reason people who have had dentures for many years have no bone remaining.
What if I have further questions?
  • Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We're here to help!