Why You Would Need an Implant

If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth, wear dentures that are uncomfortable or don’t want to have good tooth structure removed to make a bridge, talk to your dentist to see if dental implants are an option for you.

Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. They are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.  The development and use of implants is one of the biggest advances in dentistry in the past 40 years.Dental implants are made up of primarily titanium which is compatible with the human body.

Dental Implants are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.  You can think of the implant as a “fake root.”

Dental implants are done in two phases: 1. Surgical and 2. Restorative.  At the surgical visit, the dentist will place the titanium fixture (fake root) into the jawbone. After this appointment, the implant fixture has to fuse to the bone.  This process is called osteointegration.  Osteointegration typically takes twelve weeks.  After this twelve week period, the surgical dentist will verify radiographically that the osteointegration process is complete.  Once the implant is fused to the jawbone, the implant is ready to be restored with a dental crown.  The restoring dentist will take impressions in order to have the crown fabricated by a dental laboratory.

In the case of someone missing all their teeth, implants can help greatly in connecting to a denture which will make a denture stable, retentive, and ultimately much more comfortable for a patient to wear.

Dental implants are a very good option to replace teeth and have a high success rate.  However, there are two situations that are common reasons why an implant may not be right for you: 1. Diabetes and 2. Smoking.  The diabetics sometimes have slow or compromised healing which would lead to an implant not integrating with the bone.  Smoking has a negative effect on healing as well which could lead to an implant failing.

If you are interested in dental implants, it’s a good idea to discuss it carefully with your dentist first. If you are in good general health this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age.