Are you looking into dental implants? Curious if they are the right option for you and your oral health? Many individuals look into dental implants as a way to replace the teeth they are missing, or to anchor a set of dentures. While implants are a great option for many individuals by offering clients strong, life-like teeth in place of what is broken; for some, there are variables to consider.
How much bone is present?
This is an extremely important variable because this is how your implant will be attached inside your mouth. Think of a work project at home, you use a screw to combine two objects together to secure it in place. In this circumstance, much like our example above, our dentists use your available jaw bone to secure the implants in place. When you have a missing tooth for an extended period of time, your jawbone collapses inside, shrinking itself in density, width, and height. This causes not only damage to the mouth, but your physical appearance, as well as your functionality when eating. After this has begun to happen, there is little chance of being able to attach the implant to the jawbone successfully.
How can a dentist tell if I have enough jawbone for implants?
First, your dentist will assess the condition of your mouth. They will do this first with an exam, then by taking an all-around x-ray of your mouth. This gives your dentist a better idea of how much bone is left, and if it’s in healthy enough condition for implants to be placed. Having a lack of bone, or advanced bone loss is the top reason why most individuals do not qualify for dental implants.
Are you a tobacco user?
If you answered yes, you might not be a great fit. In heavy smokers, it’s been proven that those individuals have a higher risk of implant failure. This means, while you could still get implants, the likelihood of them surviving long-term is minimized due to increased healing time from secondary factors related to tobacco usage. Much like when you get a tooth removed, smoking causes massive disrupt in the natural healing process of your mouth. The constant sucking and pulling air through the mouth increases not only dry sockets but also introduces bacteria and other chemicals from the cigarettes into the implant site. Many Dentists will ask you to attempt to quit smoking before undergoing dental implant surgery to increase the likelihood of a successful implant procedure and outcome.
How is your general and overall health?
You might be asking, why is this important? And what does it have to do with my teeth? The short answer is that the physical wellbeing and status of your general health is sometimes directly relative to your oral health. It’s important to consult with your Dentist, any physical or biological health concerns. Such as but not limited to; diabetes, autoimmune disorders, HIV, if you are on blood thinners, or have any allergies. Common allergies to be discussed are latex allergies, or reactions to the metal used; such as titanium.
What type of implant is right for you?
While each patient is different, most Dentists will recommend the ‘All-On-4’ Dental Implant option. What is the ‘All-On-4’ method? The term refers to “all” of your teeth being supported “on four” Dental Implants. This is a surgical technique where prosthetic teeth are placed inside the mouth to restore badly broken teeth, decaying teeth, gum disease, or other poor oral factors. These teeth are meant to emulate real life-like teeth. Giving back the ability to chew, talk, and even restoring the jawbone to a healthier state. This form of Dental technology gives patients a smile that will last at least 20 to 25 years with full potential to last the entirety of an individual’s life when taken care of properly.
What are a few of the top benefits of Dental Implants?
There are many benefits to Dental Implants, but to name a few:
They can last a lifetime. The implants are made from titanium and are placed into the jawbone. Biocompatible material makes for a non-toxic solution that will resist being rejected by your body.
Look and feel like real teeth. One of the best advantages of having Dental Implants is that you get a fully restored and functional set of teeth in place of what was once broken or missing. Along with that, comes the ability to eat foods that you enjoy again, without pain. You can treat your dental implants as if they were your real set, by brushing, flossing, and maintaining general good hygiene practices.
Improved appearance. Dental implants will replace gaps in teeth, broken teeth, crooked teeth, and more. All of these factors control your quality of life. When fixed with a Dental Implant, your ability to chew, talk, and smile is fully restored.
Prevents facial sagging and premature aging.
Many patients who are looking at Dental Implants, may notice their jaw starting to tuck underneath, and closer to their chin. This happens because of bone loss, as a result of missing teeth and gaps between. This causes physical changes to the structure and appearance of the face, such as; wrinkles around the mouth area, thinning of the lips, pointed chin, and aging beyond normal.
How long do Dental Implants last?
Dental implants last on average anywhere from 20 to 25 years, with the potential to last a person a lifetime when taken care of properly.
How much will this cost?
A healthy and beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime doesn’t come cheap. The truth is that even when costly, Dental Implants are a good investment for the patients who receive them. Dental implants can range in price depending on a case by case basis. Be sure to get evaluated by your Dentist, and discuss all your options and plan of treatment.
Are you ready to make a commitment to your confidence and oral health?
Having Dental Implant surgery done is a serious procedure with lifelong benefits. However, it’s important to take into consideration all the variables when deciding if dental implants are right for you. Talk with your dentist about the types of dental implants available, what would be the best option for you, the benefits of dental implants, and the costs associated with it.
Texas Sedation Dental looks forward to serving you!
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