For decades, dental implants have been used to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. They allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally, so you can smile, laugh, and eat your favorite meal without any dental issues.
What are dental implants used for?
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for the past three decades. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth.
You can use dental implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth or a full upper and/or lower set of teeth.
If you need to restore a full arch, you may be a candidate for the all-on-four dental implants.
Moreover, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally, so you can smile, laugh, and eat your favorite meal without any dental issues.
Who does dental implants?
Dental implants are performed by a maxillofacial surgeon, a periodontists, a general dentists or a prosthodontist.
Oral maxillofacial surgeons, also known as oral surgeons treat all hard and soft-tissue diseases or defects, which includes extraction of teeth and jaw surgeries.
Periodontists focuses on soft tissue and bone disease, such as the gum and jawbone. Both oral surgeons and periodontists often specialize in dental implant placement, maintenance, and repair.
Once the dental implant has integrated fully into the jawbone, the implant crown is placed. This is typically performed by the general dentist or a prosthodontist, a dental specialist focused on tooth replacement.
Dental implants must be placed carefully to minimize implant failure. For quality results, it is key for you to choose a dental implant expert who has the proper education, training and competence in implant dentistry.
When to get dental implants?
It may be time for you to consider dental implants as your tooth replacement to:
Stop your teeth from shifting into the empty space.
When you lose a tooth, the surrounding teeth will eventually begin moving to fill in the space, exposing you to many complications.
If you have uneven or crowded teeth it makes it harder to keep it clean, costing you a lot more down the road.
Preserve your jawbone
Patients that have chosen a fixed bridge, for example, instead of a dental implant, increases the chances of deteriorating underneath the missing tooth.
This occurs because you don’t receive adequate stimulation to the bone without a tooth root. The same occurs with dentures that are not implant-supported.
If you wait too long, your jawbone may not be able to support implants without a dental bone graft.
These carry a wide variety of complications, including, poor fit, sores in the mouth, sunken lips, and food restrictions.
Preserve your appearance.
Fact: when your jawbone begins to deteriorate because of missing teeth, it often causes your face to appear sunken in, making you look older.
Dental implant provide the stimulation your body needs to produce dense, healthy jawbone material and keep your face looking full.
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