Determining If Dental Implants Are the Right Choice For You

If you have chronic dental problems, have lost teeth, or have damaged or diseased teeth, you may be wondering whether dental implants are right for you.

But what are dental implants? Are they beneficial to your dental health? What happens during dental implant surgery? Are dental implants a viable solution for you? In this post, we answer most of your questions, so let’s delve in and explore.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are currently the best long-term option for tooth replacement. They are artificial tooth roots placed in your mouth to support a denture, crown, or bridge. Dental implants are made from titanium metal. They fuse with the jawbone and function as new roots for your missing teeth.

Tooth Loss Leads to Bone Loss

The bone in your jaws is meant to support your teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone supporting that tooth loses its purpose. The bone then degenerates slowly and permanently.

Losing the bone in your jaw could lead to potential structural problems. It may also cause complications for the surrounding teeth. Also, losing many teeth may lead to an aged and sunken facial appearance.

Dental implants are a viable solution to these problems. Since they are supported by the same bone that supports your natural teeth, their infusion restores purpose to the bone. This eliminates or slows down bone degeneration. And because your missing teeth are replaced, you don’t have to worry about a sunken face.

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants have three main parts:

The implant

This is the titanium screw that replaces the root of your tooth. It is fitted into the jawbone. Your jawbone grows into the threads of the screw-like implant to give it support.

The abutment

This part connects the implant with the crown or the prosthetic tooth.

The crown, bridge, or denture

This is the part that is visible in your mouth. It looks exactly like your natural teeth.

The Dental Implant Process

If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to discuss it with one of our dentists first. This treatment can be an option for you if you are in good health with healthy jawbones. In fact, good health is more important than age when it comes to determining whether dental implants are right for you.

Chronic illnesses like leukemia and diabetes often interfere with healing after surgery, so if you have one of these diseases, you’re not a good candidate for dental implants. Using tobacco also hinders the healing process.

If you are a good candidate for a dental implant, we take digital images of the affected area. These images help your oral surgeon in planning and guiding the placement of the implant. 

Dr. Carl F. Lipe then carefully places the implant. Your new tooth or teeth — a crown, bridge, or implant-supported denture — are fitted onto the implants. 

It takes about three to six months after the surgery for your jawbone to grow around and fuse with the implant. 

Dental Implants Are Safe

Dental implant surgery is one of the safest procedures in the history of dentistry. It has been performed on patients of all ages for more than three decades now, and it’s successful 95% of the time.

The surgery is performed under local anesthesia so you do not feel any pain during the procedure. We also offer sedation options for those who suffer from dental anxiety.

If you qualify for a dental implant, you don’t have to live with a gap in your smile or your jawline. We have restored many smiles over the years and will be happy to restore yours too. If you want the smile of your dreams, the dental specialists at the office of Carl F. Lipe, DDS, can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

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