Are your missing teeth preventing you from eating the foods you like? Speaking with confidence? Smiling? If so, dental implants may be the permanent solution you’ve been looking for.
What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth with an artificial tooth made from titanium metal or ceramic. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone, and after a healing period, they are fit with a dental crown or bridge, thereby completing the restoration.
Dental implants are also used for patients who have dentures in order to improve the fit when concerns such as inadequate bone level are causing an improper fit, pain and irritation on the gum tissues, and the need for the use of denture adhesives. Dental implant supported dentures “clip” into the dental implants, providing a more secure fit.
About Dental Implants
The following are some of the advantages of dental implants:
- Natural tooth appearance
- Conserves surrounding teeth
- Conserves bone density
- Permanent and easy to care for
The success rate with dental implants is very high. For those who do not have dental implants where needed, there is a greater risk of experiencing dental issues related to teeth supporting a fixed bridge, and there is a greater risk of accelerated bone loss in denture wearers, thereby causing dentures to fit poorly. This can result in patients not eating healthy, nutritious foods and suffering the long-term physical consequences of a poor diet as a result.
The greatest advantage of implants is that they are permanent. Unlike a denture or partial denture, it isn’t necessary to remove implants at night, and those with implants no longer have to worry about eating foods that will make their dentures slip. In addition, unlike a bridge, a dental implant can be brushed and flossed just like a natural tooth.
The Dental Implant Procedure
Are you a good candidate for a Dental Implant?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is a patient in good general and oral health. Adequate bone in your jaw is needed to support the implant, and the best candidates have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
Implants can benefit those missing some or all of their teeth. Dental implants can be used individually, or to support a number of dental prostheses, including implant-supported bridges and dentures.
Choosing the right dental implant solution can be a complex decision. At Monterey Dental Centre, we take the time necessary to fully discuss all of your options and assist you when making the best decision for your needs.