Tooth loss can occur for many reasons … trauma, decay, disease … and when one or more teeth are missing, the ability to speak, smile, and eat your favorite foods is jeopardized. Dental implants are the ideal solution to overcome the problems associated with tooth loss.
Dental implants are appropriate following the loss of one; several teeth; or an entire arch. The placement of one implant can replace a tooth or aid in the support of a bridge. An entire arch can be permanently affixed, however more than one implant is required for proper support.
When tooth loss occurs due to dental disease, your periodontist will evaluate your condition to determine the success of the procedure. If bone loss has already occurred, you may still qualify for implants by building up jaw bone prior to implantation.
A dental implant is a small screw like device that is surgically embedded in gum tissue where teeth have been lost. Made from titanium, the implant will be placed and temporarily covered for a period of up to six months while healing takes place. Daily maintenance during this time is mandated to guard against infection, one of the leading causes of implant failure.
During this time, bone is fusing to the implant incorporating it as a permanent part of the dental anatomy to provide strength and support for the final restoration. This support is critical to the ability to eat all the foods you love.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, chewy breads, a thick juicy steak … these foods are difficult to manage without teeth. But the completion of dental implant treatment allows the patient to enjoy these foods plus crunchy snacks, sticky treats … anything you can eat with your biological teeth is fair game for dental implants.
Your final restoration will be made to match neighboring natural teeth in size, shape and color making this dental procedure virtually undetectable.
Caring for dental implants is identical to caring for your own teeth. Brushing twice per day is important, but more critical is daily flossing. This will keep gum tissue stimulated and keep items from becoming trapped between teeth that your tooth brush can’t reach.
Dental visits every six months for a thorough cleaning and exam will help to ensure your implants remain healthy for your lifetime to enjoy eating, speaking, and smiling. Contact the office of our periodontist, Dr. Beth Tomlin, to schedule your appointment today.