What You Need to Know About Getting Dental Implants
Dental implants are certainly here to stay. Many people have already discovered that they are the best way to replace missing teeth. The fact that they provide stable teeth that do not slip when you eat or talk makes them much better than the alternatives. You also can go back to eating what you want and not have to worry about whether your teeth are strong enough. By placing dental implants carefully, this method of getting new teeth may last a lifetime.
When you see the dentist on your initial visit for dental implants, you will receive a 3-D scan of your jaw and teeth. Other scans may also be necessary. They will enable the dentist to see the condition of your jawbone and teeth, as well as the position of the nerves, arteries, or sinuses in your jaw. It will reveal the size of your jawbone and whether or not you have a sufficient amount for a dental implant. A treatment plan will then be created for you.
Dental implants will provide you with an excellent way to replace your teeth – no matter how many. Whether you need to replace one, two, five, a whole arch, or all of them, implants can help restore your smile.
Single Tooth Dental Implant
When you are missing a single tooth, you can get a single tooth dental implant. It will also work just as well if you have one or more missing teeth here and there in your mouth. Each one can get its own implant and it will look and act like your natural teeth.
Dental implants can be placed at the same time you have an extraction – or later. The best time is at the same time because there will not be any bone loss to contend with later. It will also reduce the number of appointments and surgeries.
Multiple Teeth Dental Implant
Having more than one tooth missing that is side-by-side can also be solved by dental implants. Dentists can provide you with implant-supported bridges. The bridge is multiple teeth dental implant that is built on a base that supports several natural-looking teeth. Each end of the bridge is supported by dental implants. In most cases, only two are required – one at each end of the bridge. An advantage of this technique is that no teeth need to be filed down for crowns. The artificial teeth will fit perfectly next to any real ones you still have.
Full Mouth Dental Implant
When you do not have any teeth left, or are going to have them all extracted, you can get full mouth dental implants. There are a couple of ways of doing this. The more traditional way would require six or eight dental implants to hold the dentures.
A newer method is called the all-on-four dental implants. This system places each arch – upper or lower – or both – on just four dental implants. The back implants are angled to take advantage of available bone.
Upper Jaw Dental Implants
If you are missing all of your upper teeth, you can get upper jaw dental implants. This is an implant-supported denture. The upper jaw has softer bone than the lower jaw and may require extra implants, possibly six to eight.
Lower Jaw Dental Implants
If you are missing all of your teeth in the lower jaw, you can get lower jaw dental implants. If you need some teeth extracted you can have the implants put in at the same time.
Dental Implants with Bone Loss
When you have been missing teeth for some time, bone loss will be the automatic result. Bone starts to be reabsorbed by the body once a tooth is missing. In order to get dental implants after you have bone loss, it is often necessary to have bone graft surgery first. After this surgery is completed, it will take a minimum of three months of healing time before the implants can be put in.
If you are missing all of your teeth in one or both arches, you may be able to get the all-on-4 dental implant system. This system is not dependent on bone height because the periodontist can angle the rear implants to take advantage of more bone.
Requirements for Candidates
Although many people can get a dental implant, some people may have conditions or habits that may eliminate them as candidates – at least until the problems are eliminated. You are a good candidate for the process if you:
Do not have gum disease
Do not smoke or use any form of tobacco
Have sufficient bone height
Do not have health conditions that slow healing
Do not want to wear dentures
Are willing to undergo a several month processes of healing.
Dental implants are a proven way to help restore a more youthful appearance and replace missing teeth with a great smile. Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, is experienced in placing dental implants for all kinds of patients. He can provide you with dental implants and crowns, or implant-supported bridges and dentures in his Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX offices. To set up a consultation or to get more information about the dental implant process, you can contact his office at (817) 756-8578.