Many individuals have come to us at Great Smiles with missing teeth, wanting to improve their smile. Due to developments in the field of dentistry within the last few decades, we have been able to help many of these ones. One of the most prevalent ways to solve such an issue is through dental implants.
Dental implants (also known as endosseous implants or fixtures) are typically made up of a titanium rod and a prosthetic tooth. The rod is inserted directly into the jawbone. After being left to heal for several months, the titanium rod fuses to the bone in a process called osseointegration. After the rod as thoroughly infused to the jaw bone, the prosthetic tooth may be added.
No. Not everyone can be considered a candidate to receive a dental implant. What considerations are there? The procedure may succeed or fail depending on the health of the patient. The jaw bone is examined to see whether or not there is enough bone mass to properly anchor the rod. Also, the structural integrity of the individual’s jaw must be taken into account, as the jaw needs to be able to withstand strong pressures without breaking. After the jaw, the health of a patient’s gingiva is considered so as to avoid future complications. Then, with the complexities of chewing mechanics, simulations are run to ensure that an implant will not have negative effects one’s health. These considerations will be looked at during an initial consultation with the surgeon. However, if you do qualify to receive dental implants, there are numerous benefits to doing so.
First, it should be noted that the modern titanium dental implant is over 98% effective in creating a long-term solution to missing teeth. The implants improve the ability to eat compared with some dentures due to the fact that they function just like natural teeth. Unlike dentures, implants do not move, loosen or risk falling out of the mouth. Since you don’t have to worry about loose fitting dentures, implants do not negatively affect your speech. Often, a dental implant may even eliminate gum irritation. Essentially, implants are convenient, attractive and last a lifetime.
Come on into our La Mesa, CA office for a consultation to see if you qualify for dental implants.