Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants have become the go-to for many people who have missing teeth. Rather than compromise surrounding teeth with a fixed bridge or having to wear an uncomfortable partial denture, the implant works on its own. Implants are surgically embedded into the jawbone, where they are given a few months to integrate and fuse with the surrounding bone. This helps you to have a beautiful and full smile that you’ll love to show off.
Understanding How Implants Work
Implants are often made of a surgical-safe titanium alloy. This material has been used for years during surgical procedures. It can withstand the pressure of daily chewing, eating and grinding. The implant’s post is inserted into the bone of the jaw. The implant is then given a few months to heal on its own and during this time, it bonds with the bone itself. Once the implant has fully healed, we make a restoration for the top of it. This restoration might be a crown or bridge, and some patients even have multiple implants placed in order to keep an overdenture in place.
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What Makes Someone a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Because the implant relies on solid bone to fuse with after surgery, it is important that you have healthy bone around the jaw area before any implant is placed. We can determine this with the help of a dental x-ray. This x-ray allows us to see if you have areas of bone loss and if so, the best way to go about providing you with the treatment that you need. Bone loss can be a result of gum disease or because of past extractions having been done.
There are two options when it comes to having bone loss. The first is to have a bone grafting done. This procedure aims to add bone material to the area where it is lacking. If the implant needs to be placed in the upper jaw, we may recommend a sinus augmentation. This procedure involves lifting the sinus floor and adding bone material into the area underneath. Both procedures are necessary when it comes to adding bone where it is missing so that the implants have a more solid surface to fuse with over time.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants and the procedure to place them, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.
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