If you’ve suffered from tooth loss, you might be wondering if dental implants meet your needs. These biocompatible replacement teeth are durable and long lasting. They’re also low maintenance and comfortable.
While dental implants are the closest treatment option available to natural teeth, they might not be right for everyone. Our oral surgeon, an expert at placing dental implants, can help you determine if these replacement teeth suit your needs.
An Overview of Dental Implants
Dental implants are prosthetics that replace the roots of teeth. Conventional tooth replacement methods like dentures or bridges only replace the visible surfaces of teeth, not their roots. Implants, on the other hand, are embedded directly into the jawbone where they provide a sturdy, root-like base for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.
By replacing the roots of teeth, dental implants help support adjacent teeth as well as the health of the jawbone. Implants prevent neighboring teeth from collapsing into empty tooth sockets. They also protect the jawbone from deteriorating due to a lack of stimulation.
The restorations or prosthetics attached to dental implants provide the surfaces necessary to bite and chew food. Since they draw on support from implants, they are very durable and stable for comfortable oral function. When restorations and prosthetics are made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain, patients enjoy a replacement tooth that’s indistinguishable from natural tooth structure.
Candidates for Implant Dentistry
The best candidates for dental implants should have good oral health. Issues like bone loss and periodontal disease can affect the stability of an implant. Those receiving dental implants should not smoke and they should be healthy enough to undergo minor oral surgery.
Before determining if implants meet your needs, it’s important to have a consultation with a qualified oral health professional. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a dentist will perform a physical examination and take diagnostic images to evaluate whether dental implants will fit your needs. Keep in mind that some prerequisite procedures such as tooth extractions and bone grafts might be necessary before receiving your replacement teeth.
Scheduling a Dental Implant Consultation
If you think dental implants might work for your needs, we recommend scheduling a tooth replacement consultation with our oral surgeons at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates.