Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
Dental implants add a level of comfort and security that most patients wish to benefit from. Most patients feel that these benefits are well worth the cost of dental implants. Any patient who requires treatment for tooth loss can be examined to determine which type of dental implants is best for your smile, whether traditional or mini. The main factor that determines whether a patient is a good candidate for dental implants is the health of the jaw bone. The jaw bone must be in good health and be substantial enough to support the dental implant in order for treatment to be successful. Using a cone beam x-ray our oral surgeon will examine the jaw bone to determine if a patient is an ideal candidate for the dental implants procedure or whether a bone grafting procedure is necessary.
The placement of dental implants is a multi-stage process. The first step of dental implants treatment is the planning phase. Based on each patient's needs, we will determine which dental restorations will be secured to the dental implants as well as the number of dental implants required and the implant location(s).
The placement of the implants, which is the next step of treatment, will be completed here in our dental office. Our oral surgeon will make a small opening in the gum at the implant site. The implant, which is actually a tiny screw, will be placed through this opening and into the jaw bone. This procedure is performed using anesthesia so that the patient is completely relaxed and comfortable throughout surgery. Following this phase of treatment the gums will be given time to heal and the dental implant will be able to fuse with the jaw bone, a process known as osseointegration.
The final stage of treatment will begin once the gums and jaw have healed. An abutment will be attached to the dental implants. This abutment piece actually protrudes above the gum line and will be the location where the dental restorations will be attached. Dental bridges and crowns, or dentures will then be secured to these abutments. This means one of the most notable benefits of implant-supported dentures, in particular, is they will never move or shift out of place.
Caring for Dental Implants
Aside from the added comfort and security that patients experience, one of the biggest benefits of dental implants is the easy maintenance. Because the dental restorations are anchored to the jaw bone, dental implants can be cared for just as easily as the natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing are encouraged. Maintaining good oral health is key to the long-term success of dental implants so we educate all of our dental implants patients on effective cleaning methods and good oral hygiene habits.