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 primarily made up of 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:
- Surgical, and
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 osseointegration. Osseointegration typically takes twelve weeks. After this twelve-week period, the surgical dentist will verify radiographically that the osseointegration 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.
Am I A Right Candidate for Dental Implants?
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:
- Diabetes : The diabetics sometimes have slow or compromised healing which would lead to an implant not integrating with the bone.
- Smoking : 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.
Benefits Of Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implants have in the real sense given hopes to millions of people to live their lives confidently and stress-free.
- Dental implants enact your natural teeth. This means they are here to perform all the functions of your natural teeth along with their strength. Dental implants fully regain the chewing power.
- Dental implants last forever. A dental bridge however lasts only for 10 years or so. Thus dental implants once fixed, do not bother patients frequently.
- Dental implants can be brushed and flossed like the other natural teeth in the mouth.
- Missing tooth space can act as a magnet for food to get stuck eventually causing gum disease. Dental implants help to fill the space along with performing the dental functions.
- Not only oral health but dental implants also prevent sagging of facial skin, thus preventing premature aging.
- They are low maintenance.
- They help in improving speech.
About Dr. George Orfaly
Dr. George Orfaly is a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry and has been practicing as a dentist in Salem, MA since 2005. He has consistently improved the lives of his patients by providing them relief, confidence, and healthy smiles.
His expertise lies in treating various dental issues like cracked teeth, lost or missing teeth, misaligned or crowded teeth, tooth decay (cavities), and so on. He believes that oral health is directly related to overall health and well-being.
Dr. Orfaly has also been an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and North Shore District Dental Society.
This article was first posted on December 9, 2019 and last updated on April 14, 2021.