If you are missing one or more teeth, you might feel embarrassed or self-conscious about it. There is certainly a stigma in our society that goes along with missing teeth, and you might find yourself judged unfairly.
But there is more to the issue of missing teeth than just the cosmetic one. When teeth are missing, other teeth in the mouth are placed under additional stress. This can lead to other problems, including fractures and shifting of your healthy teeth. Ultimately, these issues can lead to even more tooth loss.
Dental implants are considered to be the best solution to the problem of missing teeth. Because the implants are permanent, recipients do not have the slipping or sliding issues that denture wearers do. No special maintenance is needed to care for implants. Normal brushing and flossing are all that is required.
Don’t ignore your missing teeth and risk the health of your other teeth. Talk to Dr. Drew Spencer about the permanent solution to missing teeth: dental implants.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most healthy adults can be successful with dental implants. There are some health conditions, however, that might impact the success of dental implants.
When you talk to Dr. Spencer, he will take a complete medical history to determine if there are any issues of concern. In many cases, these issues can be overcome and you can still have success with dental implants.
How Are Dental Implants Placed?
The first thing Dr. Spencer will do is give you a full examination and take x-rays. He needs to find out the condition of your jawbone prior to placing the implants. If your jawbone isn’t healthy enough to support an implant, you might need a bone graft or other procedure to help build up the bone.
If your jawbone is healthy enough to receive the implants, the titanium posts will be placed. Generally, you’ll get a temporary crown over the implant while we wait for the site to heal and the post to integrate into the bone. After the healing process, you can have a permanent crown placed. This completes the implant process.
What Makes Dental Implants Such a Great Solution for Missing Teeth?
Because dental implants are permanently integrated with your jawbone, you will not have any eating restrictions with implants the way denture wearers do. You can continue to eat your favorite foods; even the crunchiest of vegetables will not impact your dental implant!
Dental implants have another benefit that many people are unaware of: They prevent bone loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the body stops sending nutrients to that part of the jawbone. Eventually, this leads to bone loss. Over time, you might start to develop a sunken-in look as the jawbone continues to deteriorate. Many denture wearers start to look older than their years for this very reason.
For more information about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Spencer, please give us a call today!