Wallace J. Bellamy, DMD
Dental Implant FAQ
Elk Grove dentist Dr. Wallace J. Bellamy and his team at Fountain Plaza Family Dental have provided a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers about dental implants, the dental implant treatment process, your insurance coverage and the financing options available.
Dental implants are the most natural-looking and natural-feeling replacement for missing teeth. Unlike many other tooth replacement options, dental implants do not slip or click when talking, laughing or eating, making for greater confidence in social situations. Dental implants are also considered a healthy option because they help to maintain the jawbone, keeping the facial structure intact.
A dental implant is a cylindrical and/or tapered post, usually made of titanium, that serves as a substitute for the tooth root. A connector, known as an abutment, is placed on, or built into, the top of the dental implant, to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth. Finally, a crown
, a replacement tooth, is custom made to match your natural teeth, completing the dental implant.
Dr. Wallace J. Bellamy will place the implant into the jawbone. As you heal, your implant will fuse with your natural jawbone. Once the implant bonds with the jawbone, a small connector is placed on top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth or teeth.
Do you want the most natural-looking smile? Do you want a hassle-free smile? Do you want a smile that won’t embarrass you? If you answered “Yes” to one or more of the questions, then dental implants are the right choice for you.
All-on-4® is a trademarked treatment procedure that essentially involves replacement of all missing teeth in one jaw by using only 4 implants. This procedure is especially beneficial in patients who have lost a lot of bone in the back areas of the mouth.
Dentures cannot be “made into implants”. Implants are metal screws placed into the jawbone to help anchor and support artificial teeth (dentures). It may be possible to have implants placed beneath existing dentures to aid in the stabilization and support for those dentures. This could only be done if the current dentures were otherwise in excellent condition. You should consult with Dr. Bellamy
to have your existing dentures carefully examined.
Unlike natural teeth, dental implants are not susceptible to dental disease such as decay; however, the health of the gums is vital to maintaining lasting implant success. Conscientious home care by the patient and regular professional cleanings and check-ups are essential elements for dental implant sustainability. Each patient is different, and success relies upon diagnosis and planning, medical history, and a variety of other factors.