A dental implant is a procedure that falls into the category “prosthetic dentistry”. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root usually made of titanium. We would also categorize a dental implant as a form of cosmetic dentistry. We do dental implants when we need to replace a tooth that is missing for any number of reasons, including tooth loss, extraction, gum disease, a failed root canal and so on. An implant provides support for the restoration for a missing tooth or teeth and it helps to stop or prevent jaw bone loss.
When you’re missing a tooth, you may feel very self-conscious about smiling or even talking. When a tooth is missing, your bite becomes irregular. Some people find they’re changing their eating habits and this is not a good thing since it can lead to malnutrition.
When we do an implant and crown for you, we can restore your look to the way it was with your original teeth. At the same time we are returning your mouth to the strength and stability it had before. So once again you can eat all the foods you love. A dental implant also helps to maintain your jaw bone, which helps to prevent bone loss. Also very importantly implants and crowns help you to maintain your facial features.
Teeth are lost because of:
- Tooth decay
- Root canal failure
- Gum disease (Periodontitis)
- Trauma to the mouth (tooth injury)
- Excessive wear and tear
- Congenital defects
Should I get Dental Implants and What’s Involved?
To determine if implants are right for you, we will consult with you. Important things to consider are the condition of your gums, as well as your bone density. This may involve X-rays and computer tomography scans (CT scans) to ensure that there is adequate bone structure for placing the implant(s) and to determine exactly where we will want to place the implant(s). If you have insufficient bone or gum tissue, you may need bone or soft tissue grafts and/or the use of smaller implants (also called mini implants).
In addition to examining the condition of your gums and bones, we will go over with you your regular oral hygiene habits. Some personal habits such a diet will also come into play for the best recovery. It’s very important that you commit to following the aftercare instructions, for best results.
Depending on your situation, we will advise you regarding how long the entire treatment process will be, how many appointments it will take and what you can expect after each procedure. During the consultation, we will also discuss with you your options for local anesthesia (to numb the affected and surrounding areas) and sedation dentistry, if necessary.