|Dental Implants FAQ
Dental implants are some of the most popular choices for restoring function after the loss of teeth. New techniques and lower prices make dental implants suitable for a great number of patients, and we will be happy to assist you here at Copper Canyon Dentistry to determine the best solution for your missing teeth.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into your jawbone to replace your missing teeth. On top of the implant is an abutment, which serves as a connector to the dental crown, which will act as your replacement tooth.
Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?
Dental implants come in various materials, shapes, and sizes to cater to your needs. For those missing just one tooth, a single tooth implant is best. If you are missing several teeth, we can provide you with a multiple tooth implant. There are also mini dental implants, which are smaller than typical implants, and the All-on-4® Treatment Concept, which just has four implant posts. Depending on your needs, we can help find the right restoration for you.
What Should I Consider Before Getting Dental Implants?
The placement of dental implants is one of the most common interventions in dentistry, but before carrying out this surgery, our professionals must first determine if a patient is a candidate for this procedure. In case you postponed implant placement for a long time, dental bone resorption may have occurred, as it is one of the consequences of tooth loss. If the bone mass has decreased, a sinus lift or bone grafting procedure may be required beforehand. Our goal is to keep your healthy teeth; however, you may require tooth extractions of any damaged teeth that cannot be saved, before your dental implants are placed. You should also be aware that getting a dental implant will be a process of several months. The implant must heal before proceeding to place the restoration. In the meantime, we can offer you temporary teeth that look good and feel good while you recover, but you must come for a check-up to get a permanent tooth placed later. If you are willing to commit to your treatment, you are an ideal candidate.
Am I Too Old for Dental Implants?
Age is not a factor for placing implants or whether they will be a success. The bone around the implant is equally as likely to heal whatever age you are, but other age-related health conditions could affect whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants.
What Factors May Deem Me Unsuitable for Dental Implants?
Bone loss in the jaw is a factor as dental implants require an adequate amount of bone to be available for successful placement. Bone loss can occur as a result of advanced periodontal disease, or as the body’s natural response to tooth loss, when the bone surrounding a lost tooth resorbs, reducing the amount of bone by up to 25%.
Some medical conditions, including diabetes and blood-clotting disorders, may be an issue if you want dental implants, although they are not insurmountable. We will want to work with your doctor, to ensure your diabetes is well-controlled and establish that you pay meticulous attention to your oral hygiene to prevent gum disease. This can be a problem in patients with diabetes. Smoking is another problem that can affect the outcome of your implant procedure. Blood flow is constricted by smoking, which carries essential nutrients around the body. This is crucial immediately after your implants have been placed as the tissues need to fight infection and promote healing. At this critical stage, if your body fails to heal and the implants don’t fuse with your jawbone, your implants may fail and will have to be removed.
How Do I Care for My Implants?
Dental implants do not require special care. As long as you visit the dentist regularly and have a good daily oral hygiene regimen where you brush your teeth and floss twice daily you should be able to maintain a healthy mouth to ensure the longevity of your implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
The process of osseointegration, the implant fusing with the jawbone, provides a secure and strong base that allows your dental implant to withstand the biting and chewing forces exerted upon it in much the same way as your natural tooth. In fact, your dental implant looks, functions, and acts so much like your own tooth that you may forget that it isn’t your own tooth! Loss of bone in the jaw can create an aging appearance in people with missing teeth. This is because decreasing bone mass does not support the facial tissues, resulting in a shrunken, hollowed appearance, particularly around the mouth. Dental implants provide your jawbone with continual stimulation and strength.
Dental implants allow you to eat, laugh, and talk with confidence. Some denture wearers complain that they need to modify their diet because their dentures aren’t secure enough, which may also be a problem when laughing or talking. If you don’t have missing teeth replaced at all, you may be embarrassed to smile, which could lead to a loss of confidence. Dental implants remove all of these problems, allowing you to enjoy life to the full. Considered to be expensive, dental implants are surprisingly cost-effective. With the right care, they can last you for a lifetime. In comparison with some other tooth replacement procedures which will need to be replaced, dental implants may well prove to be the cheapest option in the long-term.
Dental implants can change your life. Get in touch with our experts here at Copper Canyon Dentistry to discover the many ways dental implants can help you. Call our office at 661-775-8317 today.