Are you a good candidate for dental implants?
Over 40 million Americans have lost a few or all of their teeth and, for the majority of them, oral implant surgery becomes the treatment of choice to replace what has been lost over the years.
If you are currently wearing complete or partial dentures, or if your smile is missing a few teeth, implants might be the solution. The possibility of being able to restore something so important is very exciting. Dental implants can seem like a distant dream, but they can become a reality!
- Prevent bone loss and receding gum, usual consequences of teeth loss.
- Chewing ability is improved for better eating habits and overall health.
- Functional teeth remain untouched, which is not the case for other treatments like a dental bridge, for instance.
- Improve the elocution.
- Constitute a more comfortable solution for the client.
- Improve your prosthesis’s stability and reliability.
- The natural appearance of the face is restored.
What are dental implants?
Oral implants are made of a titanium alloy and anchored in the jawbones. The alloy is the same that is used for hip or knee replacement surgery. It is sturdy, light, safe and biocompatible.
A single missing tooth
If you only have one missing tooth, an implant can fix the problem.
During a conventional crown and bridge treatment, at least the two adjacent teeth will be used as anchors for the bridge, which means they will be reduced, even if they are healthy. However, replacing a missing tooth with an implant will leave all of your other teeth intact. A single implant brings back the natural aesthetics of the smile and preserves the underlying bone structure.
Dental implants can help stabilize or keep dentures in place. Say goodbye to the fear of your prosthesis falling out, or the use of adhesives! Implants also maintain the structural integrity of the supporting bone of the jaw and reestablish the natural shape of the face over time. You can get back to eating comfortably and speaking with confidence.
What can you expect?
Dental implant surgery has been successfully conducted on a large number of people over the years. In fact, of all types of implants available, dental implants have the highest success rate.
All procedures are done at the clinic. For a few days afterwards, you must only eat soft food and refrain from doing intense physical activity. Most patients return to their normal routine within a few days.
How long does it take?
The implant placement procedure consists of many steps spread out over a 3 to 9-month period, depending on your treatment plan.
After the implant to bone osseointegration, your dentist will attach one or more crowns or a prosthesis to the implants. Home care includes meticulous brushing and dental floss use. Moreover, you will have to come in on a regular basis for check-ups. Your dentist will measure your progress and prescribe home care solutions that fit your needs.
With minimum maintenance and check-ups, your oral implant could last a lifetime.