Dental implants are a great solution for replacing missing teeth. If you’ve lost one tooth or multiple, a dentist or periodontist will likely suggest a dental implant. This procedure can be somewhat daunting and confusing, so let’s break down what a dental implant is, why a patient may need one, and how to determine if you are a candidate.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial root and tooth, usually made of titanium, that is surgically placed into the jaw bone by a dentist or periodontist. A periodontist specializes in dental implants, as their field focuses on the gums and supporting bone.
A dental implant is a three part system: the implant itself goes into the bone, an abutment attaches to the implant for the new tooth to attach, and the tooth is implanted on top.The teeth attached to implants are made to look and feel natural, enhancing or restoring the patient’s smile.
Why Would I Need a Dental Implant?
There are several reasons why a dental implant may be a good solution. A dental implant can achieve the following:
- Replace missing teeth without affecting neighboring teeth
- Relieve pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space
- Restore or enhance a smile
- Fix chewing and speech
- Support a bridge or denture, making it more secure
Dental implants can rejuvenate your smile and protect your health, as well as improve the quality of your everyday actions like speaking and eating.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing one or more teeth and have healthy jaw bones, you are a candidate for dental implants. Bone grafting may need to be performed to make sure that the jaw bone is healthy and strong enough to hold a dental implant.
To determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant, the team at Village Periodontics will perform a thorough examination of your medical history and see what your personal objectives and goals are with your dental health. A clinical examination and a radiographic examination will also help determine if a dental implant will be successful.
There are a few different reasons why a patient may not be a dental implant candidate. Metabolic conditions like diabetes, heavy smoking, and certain medications that affect bones are a few different risk factors when a dental implant may be discouraged.
If you have questions about dental implants or would like to see if you are a candidate, look no further than Village Periodontics. Contact us today to book a consultation!