Dental implants are a high-tech and effective solution to the problem of missing teeth.
Unlike dentures or partials, patients with dental implants won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding, and they don’t require a specialised daily care routine beyond regular brushing and flossing. Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to existing, healthy teeth. In fact, bridges can be supported by implants for fewer alterations during a more complex restoration.
When Are Dental Implants Necessary?
For many people, missing teeth present a mostly cosmetic problem. This is a fair concern.
Unfortunately, the problem of missing teeth goes beyond the cosmetic issue. Missing teeth put additional stress on the remaining teeth and can lead to damage, including fractures and further tooth loss. When people are missing teeth, they may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods needed for proper nutrition and nourishment.
Even more concerning is the fact that one or more missing teeth can eventually lead to significant bone loss in the jaw as the tissue becomes atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in the face and cause patients to appear prematurely aged.
Dental implants help stop this process.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Although most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
When patients visit our practice to discuss dental implants, we will ask a number of questions about their health history. These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option. But even for those patients who do have a health concern, we are likely still able to work with them. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination, including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to the jaw, we need to know the condition of the bone. Some patients may need a bone graft or other procedure to build up their jaw bone.
The titanium posts for the implants will then be placed. Once the jawbone has healed sufficiently, patients may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for the permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, it can be placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and the implant will be complete.
For more information about dental implants or to arrange an appointment, please call our dental practice.