Tooth loss can impact your ability to speak clearly, discourage smiling, and most devastatingly can interfere with eating the foods we love. Dental implants are the closest substitute for our biological teeth, and make talking, smiling, and eating enjoyable once again.
Tooth loss can occur for many reasons, such as trauma, decay, disease, or failure to erupt properly. Whatever the cause, your dentist has a solution that is permanent, beautiful, and will resolve many dental issues to ensure your teeth last a lifetime.
Trauma – Accidents can occur at any age, and while children are not good candidates for this procedure, once bone maturity is achieved, most individuals make excellent recipients for implants.
Decay – Teeth that are riddled with decay or literally not salvageable are easily treated with dental implants. The tooth is extracted, and quite often the implant can be placed right away.
Disease – Tooth loss due to disease can be a little trickier. Disease can often be attributed to poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, or lifestyle factors that result in tooth loss. In the case of gum disease, further testing may be needed to determine bone strength to ensure a successful outcome.
Teeth fail to erupt – Whether genetics are to blame or there is another reason teeth failed to come in, patients can enjoy permanent teeth and all the joys the come with them that most people take for granted.
Replacing one or multiple teeth can be resolved with dental implants. A tiny titanium device is placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred. Titanium is the metal of choice for a couple of reasons. It is very adaptable, and bone easily fuses to titanium providing a solid, strong base for the restoration that will cover it.
There is a short healing process that includes the time from implant placement to uncovering the implant, installing the needed abutments to attach the final restoration, and the final step of permanently securing the teeth fabricated to match surrounding teeth.
The final result means you can once again eat fresh fruits and vegetables, a juicy steak, crunchy nuts or all the other foods that were once off limits.
To find out more about if dental implants are right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our specialist.