Missing teeth can be a source of insecurity and a confidence barrier for many people. When you lose a tooth it can lead to changes in your speech, chewing mechanics and even a change in your facial composure.
One of the leading treatments for the replacement missing teeth is the use of dental implants. A dental implant is a dental prosthetic comprised of a titanium base root that is surgically implanted into your jawbone. This base is then capped with a composite crown that looks indistinguishable from a natural tooth as well as functions like one.
Dental implants are a perfect fit for many patients, but you must also be aware of some requirements to determine if you are indeed a good candidate for a dental implant.
Before we cover those requirements it is important that you know the full benefits of dental implants and how they can change your smile and self-image in a day.
Why Dental Implants Are A Good Option
Dental implants have advanced quite rapidly over the years and today we are seeing some of the most advanced technology in implant history. Today’s implants not only replace existing teeth but do it seamlessly, with much less pain, and with natural looks and function. There are many more benefits of dental implants that many people may not be aware of:
- Your Best Option To Replace Missing Teeth – Most dentists agree that dental implants are one of the most innovative and impactful inventions of the dental industry. Dental implants minimize unintended damage of the surrounding area as they are an exact fit to the missing tooth they are replacing. This leaves zero gaps and does not crowd surrounding teeth like bridges and partial dentures can.
- A Procedure With Very Little Pain – It’s understandable that having a screw implanted into your jawbone sounds torturous and painful. The reality is that the process is relatively tame in terms of severity of pain. This type of procedure has a high success rate and allows for very little downtime and minimal post-op pain. Each case is different naturally, but most patients experience very little pain and post-op issues.
- It Can Improve Your Physical And Mental Well-Being – For patients with missing teeth or other severe dental issues, implants can make a huge impact in their life. Implants do not require you to alter your diet, daily routine, or social activities as missing teeth or dentures do. You can eat the foods you want and never have to worry about dentures falling out at dinner with friends. Since implants are a permanent fixture designed to be as strong as teeth and look just as natural you will also feel normal and not have undue stress that can manifest in physical ailments.
- No more cavities, fillings and root canals – Because implants are made of composite material, you will never have cavities again. This of course does not mean you can neglect proper oral care as gums still benefit from proper oral care. Just like with real teeth though, implants can stain if you do not care for them so brush and floss regularly.
- Implants Strengthen The Jawbone – Implants mimics the root stimulation of the jawbone via osseointegration which means they fuse with your jawbone thus fortifying it. Without stimulation that the implant provides the bone would become soft and eventually disintegrate due to bone atrophy. Implants prevent that from happening and keeps your jaw intact and strong as ever.
- Implants Guard Existing Teeth – When you just need one tooth replaced, the bridge that replaces that tooth is supported by the surrounding teeth and causes strain on them. Over time that strain cause the teeth to shift and can cause a domino effect of problems. Implants are supported by the jawbone, which is a natural 1:1 replacement thereby leaving healthy teeth undisturbed.
Are You A Good Candidate For Dental Implants?
Now that you are informed of the many benefits of dental implants, the focus should be on whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. The only definitive way to determine if you are a good candidate is to visit Dr. Monarres and get evaluated.
When you come in to Stone Ridge Dental, Dr. Monarres will ask you about what you’d like to see in your smile and why you feel implants would be right for you. Together you will come to a conclusion on whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Having an already healthy base of oral condition and general health is of utmost importance for those considering dental implants so Dr. Monarres will inspect your gums, teeth and jawbone.
In general, Dr. Monarres will evaluate the following issues to come to a decision on whether you are a good candidate for dental implants and then discuss your options from there:
- Jawbone Health: In order to place an implant in your jaw, Dr. Monarres will need to take an in-depth look at your jawbone to ensure it is healthy and strong enough to accept and bond with the implant. Most likely, imaging of your jaw will be necessary so that a complete image can be obtained before moving forward on a procedure of this nature.
- Overall Health: Your overall health can hamper the healing process after surgery. If you have an untreated ailment or have a condition such as diabetes or anemia, these are conditions Dr. Monarres needs to know about. Your current medications you take also can be a problem if they interfere with the anesthesia or post op healing.
Come In And See If Dental Implants Are For You
The only way to know your options is to come in and visit Dr. Monarres for an evaluation. Our patients are the best part of our job and we treat you as such. When you arrive you are politely greeted by warm staff and pristine offices. Contact us today to book your appointment and let’s brighten that smile!