Patients that have sustained tooth loss have many different options, but for permanent restorations that allow the ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence just as you did prior to tooth loss, dental implants provide the perfect solution.
When discussing dental implants, there are several factors to consider before embarking on treatment:
- Overall health – An assessment is done to make sure the patient is healthy enough to undergo the surgical aspect along with having the ability to maintain and care for the implant.
- Dental health – A thorough dental exam is performed. This may entail x-rays, perio charting, and an assessment from the periodontist if there are concerns about gum health.
- Commitment – Dental implants can be a lengthy process. The patient must understand and agree to follow the instructions to keep the implant area free from infection (the leading cause of implant failure). Daily brushing and flossing along with a healthy lifestyle are encouraged.
- Tobacco use – Smoking is another leading cause of implant failure so any kind of tobacco use is highly discouraged.
- Gum disease – Patients dealing with diseases of the immune system such as arthritis or diabetes are generally more susceptible to gum disease, a concern with the implant process.
A dental implant is a small metal device that is surgically placed in gum tissue where tooth loss has been sustained. In the following months, healing will take place and the implant will start to fuse with surrounding bone. This process is referred to as osseointegration.
The final restoration can be made to replace one tooth, an implant supported bridge, or an entire arch can be affixed to several implants.
The technician that fabricates the restoration will have all the specifications needed to match your new teeth in contour and coloring to surrounding biological teeth. Your dental implant will be virtually impossible to detect from your natural teeth.
Caring for dental implants is no more difficult than caring for your own teeth. Plaque build-up is a leading contributor to gum problems, which can seriously impact the success of dental implants. This makes daily flossing and brushing imperative. But equally important are those semi-annual visits to your dental provider for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.
Dental implants can last a lifetime, but the patient must remain vigilant in the care and maintenance of all teeth to keep them that long.
Contact our experienced team at ROOT Periodontal and Implant Center for more information today. Call 972-242-7603 to schedule a consultation.