Completing Your Masterpiece Smile With Dental Implants
There Are Many Reasons You May Need A Dental Implant. Sports injuries, accidents and tooth decay are just a few of the reasons we might lose a tooth. Or maybe you have a congenitally missing tooth. Thanks to the many advances of modern dentistry, we don’t need to settle for having a gap in our smiles for the rest of our lives! There are a few ways to fill that missing tooth, and one of them is with dental implants.
Implants Or False Teeth?
Dentures have been a common solution for missing teeth for many years, but they have their many disadvantages. They are prone to slipping and falling out if not properly secured, (You may have witnessed a grandparent losing their dentures at some point in your childhood!). Dentures can also lead to jaw pain and soreness in the gums, bacteria build-up and halitosis. They also do not stimulate the jaw bones, so patients with dentures tend to suffer bone loss over time.
Implants, on the other hand, are metal posts surgically placed in the jawbone under the gums and are basically a new root for a replacement tooth that looks and acts like a natural tooth. The only advantage dentures have over implants is that they are less expensive at first, but with more of an investment at first, an implant can last a lifetime. It’s important to fill in the gap with an implant as soon as possible so the bone doesn’t erode and the surrounding teeth don’t collapse into the hole causing alignment and bite issues. Some patients may need a bone graft to support the implant post.
Types Of Implants
The health of the underlying jaw bone will determine a patient’s eligibility for implants and which type they will receive. For a patient with healthy bone, an endosteal implant will be used. This is simply a titanium post surgically placed into the jawbone. After a healing period, the patient will have a second procedure in which a crown is placed on top of the post.
For patients with bone that can’t support an endosteal implant (or patients who don’t want the surgery involved with them), there are subperiosteal implants. Instead of a titanium post, a metal frame is placed under the gums but on top of the jawbone. Posts are then added to this framework, and they protrude from the gum line like endosteal implants so that crowns can be attached.
Watch this informative video to see how implants are made:
Implants And Braces?
In most cases, it is best to see an orthodontist to ensure your bite is healthy prior to having an implant placed. Once an implant is placed it can’t be moved with braces like regular teeth and roots. Where a patient needs orthodontic treatment as well as implants, the braces come first, because once an implant is in the jaw, it won’t move. On rare occasions, if the braces only need to shift the front teeth and the missing teeth are located in the back, the implant can be placed before or during orthodontic treatment! In some occasions, braces are necessary to create ideal space for an implant and crown so that your occlusion (bite) are as healthy as possible.
Come Talk To Us About Implants!
Getting dental implants is nothing to be worried about! 3,000,000 people in the United States alone have at least one dental implant and that number continues to grow. If you need a dental implant, just talk to us! Dr. Barakat will evaluate your situation and develop the perfect plan to get you the smile you deserve!
Keep taking care of those teeth!
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