How do I know if I am a suitable candidate for dental implants? Good question.
Have you lost one or more teeth? Are you searching for alternatives to dentures? Modern dentistry affords patients with tooth loss more options than ever before. In the past, missing teeth were replaced with prosthetics that only replaced the visible portions of teeth. Today, however, dental implants replace missing structures below the gum line, too.
What makes dental implants unique?
Dental implants offer advantages over dentures and bridges because they replace a tooth’s root. Using a titanium rod with the texture like a screw, our dentist will surgically embed the implant into the jawbone where a tooth’s roots should be. The implant will then stabilize through a process called osseointegration where the bone surrounding the titanium rod fuses around the implant. Once osseointegration is complete, a manmade crown will be attached to the implant. While the rod acts as a tooth’s roots and provides stability, the crown will restore the visible part of a missing tooth and offer a sturdy biting surface for chewing food.
Do dental implants look natural?
Depending on the material used to make the crown, dental implants can closely resemble the appearance of biological teeth. Many patients opt for porcelain and porcelain fused to metal crowns so that their replacement teeth blend in with existing teeth. Dental implants, unlike dentures, also feel natural. Because implants are permanent, they will not move or slide through the mouth when speaking or eating.
I’m considering implants, what should I do next?
If you are missing teeth or have been told that one or more of your teeth require extraction, we welcome you to schedule a dental implant consultation at our practice. During your consultation, our dentist will perform a comprehensive oral examination to determine if you have enough bone mass to support the implant. We can also discuss other tooth replacement options with you at your appointment.
To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, contact our experienced team to reserve your appointment.