Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Dental Implant therapy will not affect the surrounding teeth, unlike bridges, dentures, and partials. There are no limitations of the placement or number of missing teeth that can be replaced provided there is sufficient bone volume and the conditions of the jawbone and patient health are good.

Regarding sites to be treated

Dental Implant treatment can be conducted on any teeth in a person’s mouth.

Different types of dental implant fixtures can be used according to the width and depth of the jawbone. In cases with prolonged tooth loss. In areas with large amounts of bone loss, a bone graft will have to be performed in order to have a stable area for the dental implant to be placed.

The number of teeth to be treated

Conventional dental treatment had no choice, a bridge or partial denture is usually selected in cases with a single missing tooth and a partial denture is used with 3 or more tooth missing. However, dental implant placement can now be used from a single tooth to an entire mouth of missing teeth.

Age limit

Whether you are a young, middle-aged or older adult; whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all your teeth, there is a dental implant solution for you. With the exception of growing children, dental implants are the solution of choice for people of all ages, even those with the following health concerns:

Existing Medical Conditions. If you can have routine dental treatment, you can generally have an implant placed. While precautions are advisable for certain conditions, patients with such chronic diseases as high blood pressure and diabetes are usually successful candidates for dental implant treatment.

Gum Disease or Problem Teeth. Almost all implants placed in patients who have lost their teeth to periodontal disease or decay have been successful.

Currently Wearing Partials or Dentures. Implants can replace removable bridges or dentures, or they can be used to stabilize and secure the denture, making it much more comfortable.

Smokers. Although smoking lowers the success rate of implants, it doesn’t eliminate the possibility of getting them.

Bone Loss. Bone loss is not uncommon for people who have lost teeth or had periodontal disease. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained and experienced in grafting bone to safely and permanently secure the implant.

Implant tooth replacement in children is usually deferred until their jaw growth is complete. There are, however, some instances when a dental implant may be appropriate, such as when it is part of the child’s orthodontic treatment plan. Your family dentist or orthodontist can guide you in this instance.

Dental Implants are a Team Effort

Dental implants combine the best of modern science and technology, including a team approach spanning several disciplines.

A successful implant requires that all parties involved — the patient; the restorative dentist, who makes the crown for the implant; and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who surgically places the implant, follow a careful plan of treatment. All members of the implant team at Smile Expressions will work together to make sure everyone clearly understands what needs to be done to meet the patient’s expectations.

Our team is organized as soon as the decision for placing a dental implant is reached. Following an evaluation that includes a comprehensive examination, x-rays and a consultation with the patient and members of the implant team, our oral and maxillofacial surgeon surgically places the posts, or implants, in the patient’s jaw.

When the implants have stabilized in the jaw, our restorative dentist prepares an impression of the upper and lower jaws. This impression is used to make the model from which the dentures or crowns are created.

The teamwork continues long after the implant and crown have been placed. Follow-up examinations with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and restorative dentist are critical, and progress is carefully charted. Both the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the restorative dentist continue to work together to provide the highest level of aftercare.

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