Dental implants have revolutionized the oral healthcare industry. They’re a solution to tooth loss and smile restoration that is permanent and natural looking. In the past, the only option for replacing missing teeth would be to wait until you lost enough teeth for dentures. Today, you can replace anywhere from one to all of your teeth with dental implants. Find out if you’re a dental implants candidate!
“Am I a Dental Implants Candidate?”
Dental implants were designed to replace the root that supports the tooth in the jaw and gum. Dental implants are made out of titanium and look like tiny screws. They are implanted into the jaw and invisible to you and others.
After implants are placed and the area heals, a crown (artificial tooth) is placed on the implant post. For multiple missing teeth, a bridge or a full set of dentures may need to adhere to the implants.
Titanium posts cannot be rejected by the body. This makes implants one of the safest surgical procedures available. Titanium alloys are the most used metals in the dental industry. These alloys are commonly used for joint replacement or holding bones together through pins and screws as well. The material is preferred because of its special property of osseointegration. This means that the metal can fuse with the bone.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants do not just replace missing teeth to provide aesthetic appeal (although that is a very important reason to consider dental implants). Implants stabilize the bone to prevent bone loss, prevent infection and bacteria from entering the space where a tooth once was. Dental implants can help a patient retain their facial structure and speech patterns.
- Look and feel like natural teeth
- Clean just like natural teeth
- Don’t move in your mouth like dentures
- Can prevent future oral health issues
- Can return your normal speech patterns
- Prevent gum disease and infection
- Strong bite
Dental implants are the best choice for replacing lost teeth because they are the closest alternative to natural teeth that we have found in the last 25 years.
What makes a Dental Implants Candidate?
Generally, if you have missing teeth, you are a candidate for dental implants. However, there are risks associated with dental implants surgery that can lead to dental implant failure which is why some people may not be eligible to get implants.
Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, alcoholism, and those with radiation treatments on their head or neck may not be able to undergo the dental implants procedure. Certain medications, immune system disorders, and past medical history may come into consideration when you are consulting your dentist about dental implants.
Your oral surgeon will need your complete and most recent medical history prior to conducting your dental implants surgery. They will ask you to disclose any medications you are taking, including herbal/holistic and over the counter medications in addition to prescriptions.
A Dental Implants Candidate must also have sufficient bone left in the jaw to establish a fusion between the titanium implant and the bone. Bone grafting can be an option for patients who are suffering from extreme bone loss. There are also a few surgical techniques that regrow bone to give enough for anchoring implants.
Dental implants are a benefit to candidates that have minor bone loss because implants stabilize the bone to prevent further loss. Stimulation is an essential part of bone growth and health. When bone isn’t connected to teeth, it’s reabsorbed into the tissue and lost. Dental implants put a stop to this process to ensure that you face shape stays the same. If you’re a dental implants candidate, you will ultimately have enough bone.
Types of Dental Implants
There are two main types of dental implants—single tooth replacement and fixed multiple tooth replacement.
Single tooth replacement is used when just one tooth in a defined area needs to be replaced. There are usually teeth available on either side of the implant that can help to anchor the replacement tooth. After an implant is placed and healed, the implant is joined to the crown using an abutment. Crowns will be custom designed to fit the intended space and match the natural and existing teeth down to the color and size. These implants and crowns are not distinguishable from your natural teeth.
Fixed Multi-tooth replacements are for people who are missing multiple teeth. This is usually done in succession. Therefore, implants will be placed in one surgical appointment. After healing, a bridge with multiple crowns will be placed over the abutments to create a full mouth smile. Crowns and bridges are customized for the patient. They will be designed to match existing natural teeth in size and color.
The Dental Implant Place offers a denture supported by implants as another option for patients missing multiple teeth. This option is often more cost-effective than zirconia implants. Dr. Steve Brown can also often use a patient’s existing dentures to serve as a temporary set of teeth while the custom denture is being prepared in the in-office lab.
To Find out if You’re the Dental Implants Candidate, Schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Steve Brown Today!