Dental implants are an ideal solution to restore tooth loss. For patients who wish to enjoy eating all their favorite foods, speak without fear of their teeth slipping or moving, and smile with complete self confidence, the best option for replacing lost dentition is with dental implants.
Tooth loss is not a normal part of the aging process; nor is it acceptable to believe that tooth loss will not have any impact on the rest of your mouth.
A consultation with your dental provider will outline the details of what is involved in the dental implant process and determine your candidacy. A review of overall health is the first step.
A thorough dental examination follows that includes dental x-rays to determine bone strength in the jaw where the implant is to be placed. Insufficient bone does not automatically exclude your candidacy for a dental implant as there are bone augmentation procedures available.
Patients that are in the midst of treatment for gum disease will likely be expected to complete treatment before being considered for a dental implant. Gum health is important to the success of a dental implant … infection is one of the leading causes of implant failure.
If a patient smokes or uses tobacco, your dentist will likely explain that the success of your dental implant may depend on your willingness to give up tobacco.
If you pass all the requirements, the process can take several months so your commitment to follow all recommendations is necessary to proceed.
On the day of the procedure, a small titanium post will be embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss occurred. A protective temporary will be provided. You will receive instructions on how to keep the implant area clean.
A healing period ensues to allow bone to fuse to the implant, a process known as osseointegration. Bone will totally incorporate the implant to become a permanent part of your dental anatomy providing a strong base for the restoration it will support.
The restoration will be made to match surrounding teeth in size, contour, and color making it virtually impossible to detect. You will care for your dental implant just as you care for the rest of your teeth … brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six month for cleaning and exam.
To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact our team at Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule a consultation.