How Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Missing one or more teeth can cause severe problems for your oral health. Your remaining teeth will shift to compensate for space, which causes misalignment and possible problems with your bite. Thankfully, modern dentistry has a solution that can not only prevent this but also prevent future bone deterioration in the jaw. They are called dental implants. Dental implants consist of tiny titanium screws, abutments (support structures), and a dental crown (prosthetic tooth). In some case, they may be attached to a bridge. A bridge is a series of crowns used when there are multiple teeth missing. If full arch restoration is needed, the implants can be attached to a denture or overdenture.
Implants offer you the chance to save your smile. They provide a level of support that is unmatched by other restoration alternatives, such as dentures. If you have difficulty eating certain foods, or simply want to restore your smile and improve aesthetics, you may want to consider receiving dental implants.
Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Despite their growing popularity, dental implants are not for everyone. To find out if dental implants are right for you, you will need to come in for a consultation visit. We will need to perform an oral exam, take a series of scans, and review your dental history to ensure you are a proper candidate. You need to have a sufficient amount of bone left in the jaw. In some cases, we may need to perform sinus lifts or bone grafts to accommodate the implants.
The implant process requires minor surgery and a significant healing process. Patients who suffer from chronic illness, such as diabetes, are at greater risk for infection, and may not be eligible.
For most patients, the answer is yes; you are a suitable candidate. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) has reported a 98% success rate for patients that practice good oral hygiene, and have properly placed implants.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
The procedure is fairly simple and requires minor surgery. We will make small incisions at each implant site. This allows us to properly place the implant into the jaw bone. Thanks to titanium’s unique ability to fuse with bone, each implant acts as the root component of the tooth. It offers structural support for the restoration and the jaw.
When bone no longer receives physical stimulation, it begins to break down and resorb back into the blood stream. Implants provide the physical stimulation needed to prevent bone resorption. Maintaining a healthy bone structure can help you keep a more youthful appearance. Not to mention your smile will be restored, and you can go back to eating the foods you want or smiling without feeling self-conscious.
The healing process can take several months. For this reason, you may be given a temporary prosthesis that does not put pressure on the implant. Once your implant has healed, we can install your permanent restoration, one that can last a lifetime!
Contact Us Today About Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth, don’t sit around and wait. Your oral health could be at risk. Contact us today at (844) 281-6446 and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation visit.