When considering dental implants to replace missing teeth, many patients have questions or concerns regarding the process. Placing dental implants is a commonly performed procedure and has an impressive rate of success and patient satisfaction.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants for Missing Teeth?
Who Should Consider Dental Implants for Missing Teeth?
Is the Procedure to Replace Missing Teeth Painful?
A local anesthetic is used to block pain during the surgery. Dr. Mark I. Gutt will generally prescribe a pain medication for post-surgery use although most patients find they can return to work the following day
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you have missing teeth and would like to find a permanent, natural looking solution, you are a potential candidate. There are some instances where patients do not have adequate amounts of bone needed to make the procedure a success. Missing teeth actually cause bone loss. In that case, it may be possible to undergo bone grafting to increase the likelihood of success.
Is There Any Additional Care Required for Dental Implants?
Dental implants require the same care as your natural teeth. Practicing good oral hygiene with regard to brushing, flossing, and regular visits to Dr. Gutt are all that is needed.
Are Dental Implants Right For Me?
Missing teeth are effectively replaced with dental implants that recreate the look, feel, and function of your natural teeth.
With dental implants, a titanium post is implanted in the jawbone to serve as a sturdy foundation, much like the root of a tooth. Titanium dental implants are used because titanium has been found effective and safe, a biologically compatible material. This post fuses to the jawbone over the next several months creating a secure base for the abutment and crown. The abutment fits into the post and offers a stable base for the crown which is matched in shade and shape to the surrounding teeth and appears to be growing from the gum line just like your natural teeth.
Due to the fact that any instance of missing teeth will begin the process of bone loss, dental implants provide a stimulus for the bone, thereby preserving bone long term. If you have already experienced bone loss due to previous medical conditions, injuries, or lengthy denture wear, you may require a bone graft before undergoing the procedure for dental implants.
Dental Implant FAQs
A dental implant can be thought of as an artificial tooth root. It is surgically embedded in the jawbone, replacing the natural tooth root. The dental implant is topped off with a crown, which is an artificial tooth.
Dental implants offer a number of advantages over dentures and bridge work. Primarily, implants are permanent, which eliminates the tedious routine of removal for daily cleaning. Implants feel, look like, and function as well as, natural teeth. They avoid some of the problems of dentures, such as imperfect fit to the contours of the palate. They also avoid problems associated with a dental bridge, such as wear on the teeth and gums to which the bridge is attached. So yes, dental implants are a better solution to missing teeth.
Most patients feel implants just like they feel their natural teeth. Many forget that the implants are artificial.
With proper daily hygiene and routine periodontal maintenance (that is, with the habits that maintain good health of your natural teeth), implants can last a lifetime.
Unfortunately people of any age can lose their teeth for a variety of reasons, including injury as well as disease. Implants are a fine solution in any case of missing natural teeth.