We are proud to help patients with dental implants. Here are some questions that you might be thinking about.
Who is a good candidate for dental implants?
Anyone who has lost teeth is a good candidate for dental implants.
However, it is really important to have healthy gums to ensure that the implants fuse to your bone. Uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, radiation to the jaws, smoking, alcoholism, or uncontrolled periodontal disease may also affect the outcome of implants so be sure to discuss your dental and medical history with your dentist first.
Why is bone lost and when are teeth lost?
Your bone needs stimulation in order to maintain its form and dentistry. When your tooth is not healthy, the lack of stimulation will cause a loss of alveolar bone. This will decrease by twenty five percent in width of bone during the first year.
How can bone be preserved or re-grown to support dental implants?
Grafting bone into the extraction sockets at the time of tooth loss or removal can help preserve bone volume needed for implant placement. The specific techniques that we use will help to re-grow the bones that have been lost. This will also provide the necessary bone substance for anchoring implants.
Bones need stimulation in order to stay healthy. Since dental implants fuse to the bone, they stabilize it which prevents further bone loss.
How are the dental implants placed?
Our team will assess and then plan your dental implant placement and restoration. Placing dental implants will require a surgical procedure in which precision channels are created in the jawbone. The implants are fitted into the sites so that they are with the bone.
What maintenance is required with dental implants?
Implant crowns and other prosthetic tooth replacements are very easy and require very little maintenance. We make them so that they are removeable and replaceable so we can replace them if there is every any damage.
However, it is still important to take proper care of them by brushing and flossing your teeth daily. It is also important to continue to see your dentist on a regular basis. You will be given a special instrument to clean the dental implants that will not damage their metal surface beneath the gum tissues. Your dentist will monitor the implants to ensure that the integrity of the osseointegration is stable and that they are functioning properly.
If you have any questions regarding implants or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (503) 774-3033.