Losing a tooth to injury, decay, or other factors has been an issue throughout all of man’s history. Dentures have been the traditional answer to tooth loss, but dental implants have become the new standard for tooth replacement. So, what are dental implants? Are you a candidate for this tooth loss solution?
Like Natural Teeth
Dental Implants are fixed in place by a titanium screw that acts as the new tooth’s root. Over time this screw may fuse with the bone in the jaw, creating a permanent fixture to replace lost teeth. This solution can give a patient natural feeling and functioning teeth that don’t slip or move within the mouth. This long term solution seems ideal for patients who have lost teeth.
How Does the Procedure Work?
Each patient may expect a full dental exam prior to the procedure. This helps to inform later discussions about your needs and situation. Patients may be expected to review medical history as well, so that the oral surgeon can be aware of any specific concerns or situations. Lastly, the oral surgeon may present a treatment plan, with details for your specific case.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Many patients may be a good candidate for dental implants. Some of the criteria can include whether or not the patient has healthy gums, and their jaws have stopped growing.
Each patient will need healthy bone to anchor each implant. If the situation calls for it, the oral surgeon may suggest bone grafts to ensure the implant has a strong sturdy structure for placement.
Implants Take Time
There may be several visits to your oral surgeon both to prepare for, plan, and carry out your treatment plan. Ask your oral surgeon any questions you may have during your appointments, so that you can be well prepared for each step as you continue your journey to a healthy smile.
Call our Leawood, KS, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.