Have you suffered from tooth loss? Are you reviewing your tooth replacement options? One of your treatment options is dental implants. These are durable and long-lasting prosthetics that replace a tooth’s root system so that lifelike restorations such as dental crowns can be supported beneath the surface of the gum line. By replacing the roots of teeth, patients with dental implants enjoy diets without restrictions because their replacement teeth are stable. They also enjoy reduced risks for further tooth loss and bone atrophy. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. At your appointment, our doctor will perform an examination, ask about your health and dental history, and answer questions you have about this treatment option. Following are some questions you might want to ask our oral surgeon.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants work by replacing the roots of teeth. Like the roots of teeth, a stable implant will be surrounded by bone. In fact, bone will fuse to a dental implant to hold it in place for decades. Bone is able to support the dental implant because it is made from titanium. This metal is biocompatible and won’t be rejected by the body as a foreign object.
What can affect my candidacy for dental implants?
A person’s candidacy for dental implants can be affected by lifestyle choices, health history, and the overall state of his or her oral health. For instance, lifestyle choices like smoking increases the risk for periodontal disease because carcinogens in smoke inflame the gums. While a dental implant is resistant to disease, the structures it needs to support a restoration are not. Any issue that affects bone and gum health can affect a dental implant, too. Other issues that affect candidacy include medical conditions like diabetes, the risk of tooth loss related to neglecting oral health, and bone density – especially in the upper jaw.
Will I need a bone graft?
Not every person receiving a dental implant will require a bone graft but many patients do. Our team will be able to determine if grafts are necessary after reviewing diagnostic images and performing an examination.
For questions, call us today to reserve a dental implants consultation.