If you have lost a tooth or have missing teeth, eating is often difficult and uncomfortable. You may be reluctant to smile and may be self-conscious about your appearance. Many people don’t realize that even worse issues may be happening underneath. People with missing teeth may experience gum issues and bone-decay in the jaw if they do not address the issues promptly.
Thankfully, if you have healthy gums and adequate bone in the jaw to support them, your dentist may be able to help restore your smile and your oral health with dental implants. Dental implants are frames or posts that are surgically installed beneath your gums in the jawbone itself. They are designed to fuse to the bone to provide a stable support for artificial teeth. Dentures, bridges, and crowns that are placed over implants will not shift or slip. Implants are an excellent option for certain people, so make sure to consult with your dentist to determine if they are right for you.
Are Implants Right for You?
Dental implants have been widely used for almost fifty years. The techniques have improved and refined with many improvements. Over 500,000 implant procedures take place each year in the U.S. alone. The success rate is 98% when proper oral hygiene is practiced and frequent dental visits are maintained. The two main types of implants are:
Endosteal Implants – These implants are directly implanted into the jawbone through a surgical procedure. This process is usually completed in two steps, with time in-between the first procedure and the second to allow the gums to heal and connect the new post to the implant, and then add an artificial tooth or teeth.
Sub-periosteal Implants – These implants require a metal frame to be fitted to the jawbone through a special procedure. The gums will heal over the frame, securing it to the jaw. Posts that are attached to the frame will stick through the gums, and artificial teeth will be attached to the gums after they have healed.
Only an experienced dentist can tell you if you are a good candidate for implants. It is important to note that implants are usually not a good idea for you if you:
- Are a heavy smoker, your mouth may have diminished health. You might have to quit smoking to allow your implants to have the best chance of healing.
- Have had diabetes or other chronic illnesses like leukemia, your body might have a hard time healing.
- Have been treated with bone loss drugs like Fosamax and Boniva, you may have to be counseled carefully before any treatment begins.
Contact Us Today
If you believe that you are a good candidate for dental implants, be sure to contact an experienced dentist like the ones at Passes Dental Care to discuss your specific situation.
We will talk you through all of the steps and all of your options, and we even have payment plans to ease your suffering by making it simple. Call us today at Passes Dental Care at (516) 858-5921 today. Our entire team is passionate about restoring your smile, and we are ready to help you today.