What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great option for individuals who have lost a tooth / teeth due to disease, injury or other reasons. The root is replaced with the implant, and an artificial tooth (crown) is fixed to the implant. Dental implants also can be used to secure bridgework or even full dentures. At District Perio, we have experienced periodontists that will help you gain back your natural smile with a quality dental implant.
Types of Implants
There are several types of implants that can be implemented for patients who have lost teeth:
- Single tooth replacement – a single dental implant is placed in the bone and a crown is cemented to the implant, which is indistinguishable from your regular teeth.
- Multiple Tooth Replacement – several implants are placed. After healing, multiple crowns or bridgework is attached to the implants.
- Full Teeth Replacement – Typically used for a full supported bridge or full denture. Two to six implants are ideal for a lower denture, and at least four can support an upper denture.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Some of the benefits of dental implants include:
Creates Bone Stability – when a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone starts to break down — about a 25% overall decrease of bone mass within the first year after tooth loss. Implants help by stimulating the bone, which helps maintain its form and density.
Provides Comfort – implants help provide better feel and function for your entire mouth, allowing you to eat and speak more naturally.
Restores Self Confidence – implants stay in your mouth and function like a normal tooth. You can eat, laugh and smile without worry.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Anyone who has lost a tooth or teeth is a candidate for dental implants. However, the ideal candidate will be healthy. Things like mismanaged diabetes, smoking, gum disease and alcoholism may affect the ability for the implant to fuse to the bone. Our dentists and periodontists will work with you to ensure your gums and bone are healthy enough to receive the implant.
If the bone where the implant is to be placed has already receded a bone graft may be performed to provide the volume needed for implant placement.