Dental implants are the best possible solution for missing teeth. They not only fill the gap, but they also help maintain the integrity of your jawbone. If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be wondering if you qualify for implants. Here at San Tan Oral Surgery, we are proud to offer this solution to our patients and encourage you to learn more about it.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Many people are good candidates for dental implants. You need to have a healthy jawbone, but even if you don’t it is possible to have a bone graft and improve your chances of a healthy dental implant. We also have surgical techniques for regenerating lost bone. Some diseases and conditions that may have an effect on the success of implants are uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, smoking, radiation to the jaw, alcoholism and uncontrolled gum disease. These conditions may affect the way the artificial root fuses with the bone.
When you meet our specialist, your gums and bone will be examined and certain questions about your overall health may be asked to determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. You should mention any medication you are taking whether it is prescription or over-the-counter, dietary supplement or herbal remedy. These things can affect the way your body heals.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants combine an artificial root with an artificial tooth to replace missing teeth. The root is made of titanium and is surgically implanted into your jawbone. Gradually, the bone bonds with the artificial root just like it does with a natural tooth root. The bone holds the implant in place. Once the artificial root is secure, the crown or artificial tooth is attached to the top. Dental implants can replace one tooth or several teeth.
What are the Benefits?
Dental implants look and function just like your natural teeth. You can bite and chew naturally and brush and floss as usual. They can also be used to anchor dentures, so they don’t shift in your mouth and make unwanted clicking noises. You can choose removable implant-supported dentures and partial dentures. Implants do not need to damage the teeth on either side of the gap as conventional bridges do. Permanent bridges need to be secured to the adjacent teeth which need to be drilled to hold the bridge securely.
The main benefit of dental implants is that they improve your oral health. By strengthening the jawbone, they stop any deterioration. If you leave a gap in your teeth, the bone will start to lose density. This could result in gaps where you cheek sinks in making you look older than you are. All bones need exercise to stay strong and the jawbone is no exception. It gets exercise when you chew, and if there is no tooth, the bone recedes.
Contact Us Today to Find Out More
The best way to know if you qualify for implants is to have your teeth and gums examined. Dental implants last for years if they are properly cared for. To learn more about this dental solution, we encourage you to reach out and make an appointment with San Tan Oral Surgery! At our convenient location in Gilbert, AZ, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!