Before you discuss dental implants with your dentist, you should first understand exactly what implants are and how the procedure works. Dental implants are designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. They serve as a solid foundation for either removable or more permanent teeth that are designed to look, feel, and act like your own natural teeth. Individual implants are typically used only to replace a few missing teeth. If you are looking to replace all of your teeth, you will need to consider other dental restorative procedures in which tooth implants may be included.
Tooth Implants and Your Options?
There are two different types of dental implants routinely used today:
Standard diameter or “Regular” Implants: These implants are by far the most commonly used and are very versatile. They can be used to replace a single tooth, used in a bridge to replace multiple teeth, or under a denture to add increased retention and stability. Each implant is carefully planned and placed to maximize your comfort and function.
Small Diameter or “Mini” Implants: These narrow implants can often be placed in an area where there is not enough width of bone for a regular size implant. There are often used underneath lower dentures to increase retention. They can also be used to hold in a removable partial denture to get rid of that ugly metal clasp, or to replace small teeth.
Dental implants provide many advantages to patients, but it is important to remember that this may not be the right solution for everyone. You may be a candidate for dental implants if:
- Your general and oral health is in good shape. You must be in good health for this type of procedure. This will minimize complications during the healing process.
- You have an adequate amount of bone in your jaw. This will be needed in order to support the dental implant.
- You are free from periodontal disease.
- For optimal cosmetics the candidate would have gum tissues that are in excellent health.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
There are many benefits to implants including but not limited to:
- Improved Comfort: Because dental implants are essentially a part of your mouth, they are comfortable and natural. When used to replace a missing tooth they completely eliminate the discomfort that comes along with removable dentures. In addition, there is no need to reduce other teeth as would be required with a bridge.
- Improved confidence: Tooth implants will restore your confidence and your sparkling smile. No longer will you have to worry about that missing tooth or your dentures slipping while eating or socializing either. Your new implants will help you feel more confident as you smile, talk, laugh, and eat.
- Improved eating experience: If you are replacing a single tooth your implant will fill that gap and help you chew better. If you have dentures you know they have a tendency to slip while chewing, which can make eating uncomfortable. Implants will stabilize your dentures and often allow you to chew food you may not have able to eat in years. Studies and my experience show the patients with implants, whether under a denture or replacing missing teeth individually, eat healthier foods and enjoy a higher quality of life in general.
- Convenient: Many patients enjoy the fact that their dental implants do not need to be removed each day. With dental implants there is also no need to deal with adhesives, which can sometimes be messy.
- Long-lasting: Implants are extremely durable and will last for many years. The lifespan of your implants will depend on how well you care for your teeth. Providing you regularly visit your dentist and properly care for your teeth, you should be able to enjoy your dental implants for many years to come, even a lifetime.
Are There Disadvantages To Implant Dentistry?
While most people would agree that the advantages of implants far outweigh the disadvantages, they must still be considered before you elect to have this procedure performed.
It is important to remember that tooth implants will require surgery and this means that you may have to deal with some post-surgery pain. Pain can be minimized with the use of medications. Over the years, you may experience some bone loss. Integration into the bone is not immediate and will require some time to heal.
If you are considering dental implants, it is essential that you speak with your dentist about the details of this procedure and to find out if you would be a candidate for dental implants. As you can see, this procedure is not for everyone, and you should take the time to evaluate all of your options.
Your trusted Greeley Dentist Dr. Scott Williams of Ascent Family Dental will be more than happy to discuss dental implants with you.
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