The dental implant is an incredibly appealing dental restoration. Implants work with your body, they last for decades, and they’re impressively versatile. But is it time for you to get mentally and emotionally invested in implants as a potential treatment? Implants require certain physical and dental attributes in order to succeed. If you’re curious about whether you could be an implant candidate, some preliminary research, followed by a visit to Dr. Zymantas, will help you form an appropriate tooth replacement plan.
How Dental Implants Work
Exactly why aren’t dental implants possible for every patient seeking tooth replacement? The answer lies in their unique nature and manner of function. Dental implants are tooth root replacements that imitate natural tooth roots in as many ways as possible. Once placed in the jaw bone, a dental implant requires time to properly integrate with your bone. Once the titanium implant and the bone have formed a connection, the implant is secure in its stability. Once paired with a restoration, it will provide a foundation that rivals those offered by natural tooth roots. But in order for the implant to osseointegrate, the treatment site must offer certain characteristics.
Physical Requirements for Patients Receiving Dental Implants
Dr. Zymantas strives to ensure that every implant he places succeeds (i.e., osseointegrates and offers adequate support). In order for an implant to be a success, the patient will need to possess:
- Great oral health – When the implant is placed, it’s vital that there’s no chance of the surgical site becoming infected. The presence of decay, gingivitis, or periodontitis increases the chance of disease complicating the healing process. Your neighboring teeth and gums will need to be healthy in order for the implant to be placed. If you need cavities filled or periodontal treatment in order for implants to become a possibility, Premier Dental will provide.
- Good physical health – Having a dental implant placed requires a surgical procedure. Patients need to be in fair health in order for both the procedure and the healing process to take place without problems.
- Adequate bone density – Your natural tooth roots connect to your jaw bones, and draw support from this connection. When you lose a tooth, the formerly attached bone dissolves, and the area weakens. In order for place a dental implant, the treatment site needs to offer adequate bone density. If your bone has weakened in the wake of tooth loss, a bone graft will enhance the area prior to implant placement.
Uses For Dental Implants
If your mouth is physically ready for a dental implant, you’ll also need to consider whether it’s the best restorative choice. If you have any of the restorations listed below, an implant could be a welcome addition. It will take place as the main source of support for the restoration, strengthening the area and preventing damage to adjacent teeth:
- Dentures – Dentures have posed fit-related problems for many years. How do you attach restorations to the mouth when there aren’t any remaining teeth? Implants do away with the need for denture adhesive, dentures slipping, and troublesome clicking or other malfunction. Implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place without requiring additional effort on your part.
- Bridges – While bridges are an excellent way to replace spans of missing teeth, they can weaken the teeth they are attached to, leading to additional dental problems. Bridges attached to implants don’t cause collateral damage.
- Crowns – Missing a single tooth? An implant connected to a crown will replace it while keeping the area looking and feeling natural. You’ll feel that you have that individual tooth back, for good.
Those interested in implants should contact us and schedule a consultation. We’re looking forward to helping you regain a full, functional smile!