Dental implants are a popular solution to the problem of missing teeth. Missing teeth can affect how you feel about your smile, foods you eat, and your oral health.
Unlike dentures or partials, you won’t experience problems with slipping or sliding during social situations or while eating. Conveniently, dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings.
Unlike bridges, dental implants do not require alteration to your existing, healthy teeth. It is possible to support a dental bridge using a dental implant without altering your natural teeth, providing a more conservative approach to your treatment.
Many patients believe missing teeth are mostly a cosmetic problem. This is a fair concern as your smile is something you use every day! Dental implants offer a long-term solution to complete your smile. We spend time making sure your dental implant is highly esthetic by matching it to your existing teeth.
Losing your natural tooth can also put your oral health at risk. Missing teeth may place additional stress on your remaining teeth and can lead to damage. When you are missing teeth, you may find it difficult or even painful to enjoy the fresh, healthy foods you need for proper nutrition.
When patients lose teeth, this can eventually lead to significant bone loss in your jaw as the tissues become atrophied from lack of use. Over time, this diminishing bone can lead to visible changes in your face and cause you to appear prematurely aged.
Dental implants help stop this process.
While most healthy adults are eligible for dental implants, some health conditions can change the effectiveness of the implants.
When you visit our office to discuss dental implants, we will ask you a number of questions about your health history. These questions are important to help us determine whether dental implants are the right option for you. Don't worry- even if you have a health concern, we are likely still able to work with you. We just need to know about it so that we can account for it and take any necessary precautions.
Prior to beginning the actual implant process, we will perform a full examination including x-rays. Because the implant is attached directly to your jaw, we need to know the condition of your bone. If necessary, you could be a candidate for bone grafts, sinus lifts, and other procedures to assist successful dental implant placement.
We will refer you to a local Specialist to have the titanium posts for your implants placed. Once you have healed sufficiently, you may receive a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for your permanent crown to return from the dental lab. Once the permanent crown has returned from the dental lab, you will return to our office to have it placed. The fit and appearance will be checked, and your implant will be complete.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment, please call our practice.