Archaeological evidence suggests that humans have been attempting to replace missing teeth for over two thousand years. Missing teeth can cause speech impediments, low bone dentistry in the jaw, and shifting teeth–not to mention the presence of an unattractive gap in the teeth. No wonder this has been a cumbersome issue for centuries.
Most early attempts involved trying to lash replacement teeth to living teeth with gold wire. Others attempted to actually implant replacement teeth made from bits of shell or iron bars, all with dubious effectiveness. Lucky for you, one of the leading procedures for replacing missing teeth has an incredibly high success rate.
Dental implants are an option that has been used for over fifty years, and is considered both safe and affordable.
What Are They?
A dental implant is a popular oral apparatus used for replacing missing teeth, and they come in two varieties: endosteal (in the bone) and subperiosteal (under the gums). The most common, endosteal, are implants surgically placed into the jawbone. With subperiosteal implants, a metal frame is placed on top of the jawbone right below the gum tissue which becomes fixed to the jawbone as the gums heal. With the very high success rate, longevity, and strength, endosteal implants are favored in almost every situation, although there are some cases where subperiosteal implants might be recommended.
If you’re a candidate, implants could be a worthwhile substitute for procedures such as bridges or partial dentures.
Why Dental Implants?
When teeth are extracted or fall out, the tooth root is no longer present within the jaw to support the bone. As a result, bone may deteriorate. Dental implants provide a reliable replacement for lost teeth while also protecting your jaw. Using artificial tooth roots made of the biocompatible metal titanium, dental implants mimic natural tooth roots and deter bone loss.
Implants can also prevent teeth from shifting which helps to avoid bite problems later. Because implants functions the same as regular teeth, cleaning and care remain the same. And you can keep eating all the foods you enjoyed with natural teeth!
Are They Right For Me?
There are three main categories we will evaluate before considering dental implants:
Before placing an implant, we will investigate issues such as periodontal disease, which can severely inhibit the success rate of dental implants. Other factors include the health of your jawbone. X-rays may be taken to help create an overall picture, but before we place your implants we will use a CT scan to get a 3D image of your bone density.
According to prevalent research, smoking can negatively affect the long-term success of dental implants. Not only can it impair proper healing, it may also have a harmful effect on bone density. And it increases your risk of gum disease. Other habits such as teeth grinding can weaken and crack teeth.
A dental implant patient must be healthy enough to undergo surgery. Any untreated conditions which may complicate the procedure might disqualify you. A patient’s medication could also interfere with healing or the implant procedure. For example, cancer drugs or medications used to prevent blood clotting would be of concern.
Regardless of the amount of research you’ve done, the best means for determining if you’re a good candidate for dental implants is scheduling an appointment.
Please call (940) 322-2252 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at StarImage Dentistry in Wichita Falls, Texas