Reasons to Consider Dental Implants
When both the tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent
replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic
crown. This solution both looks and functions just like
a natural tooth.
- Without the root structure of a natural tooth the jawbone can shrink making your face look older.
- There are no loose parts. An implant is stable and comfortable.
- Normally, it will serve its owner for life.
- Dental Implants LOOK and FEEL like natural teeth.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for
the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed
in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of
titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for
the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing
single or multiple missing teeth.
Many people who consider implants have removable, conventional dentures for
lower and upper jaws, or have removable bridges. These people experience a
significant improvement in their ability to chew food comfortably after
their dental implant treatment.
The Dental Implant Procedure
At the first appointment, we use an X-ray to determine if the jaw bone
is adequate to hold the titanium posts. Models of the mouth are often
made using a soft, pliable plastic compound. These models show where
the gaps are located and provide measurements for a replacement tooth
or a bridge. Treatment with dental implants is complicated and takes
meticulous planning for best results. Today, the implants being placed
often only require one surgical procedure using a local anesthetic and sedative.
Is Old Age a Problem?
Occasionally, older patients express concern that their age may prevent
them from enjoying the benefits of dental implants. However, health is
more of a determining factor than age. If you’re healthy enough to have
a tooth extracted, you’re probably healthy enough to receive dental
implants. Certain chronic diseases may contraindicate dental implant
treatment. The dentist will determine if you are a candidate for dental
implants after a careful evaluation of your dental and health history.
How Will Dental Implants Affect My Life?
Dental implant-supported replacement teeth look, feel
and function like natural teeth. This means that you
can eat and drink whatever you choose. But most
importantly, dental implants improve quality of life
in a very concrete way. People who have felt embarrassed
and worried because of their tooth problems are often
overwhelmed by what new permanent teeth can do for their self-esteem.
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