The Implant Structure
Tooth loss is a problem that affects millions of Americans. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people begin to look at prosthetic solutions to their tooth loss that is often caused by injury or diseases like periodontitis.
Tooth loss is about more than aesthetics. Missing teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, impact your speech, and makes eating difficult. A prosthetic can help a patient regain function of their mouth and improve their overall appearance.
When it comes to prosthetics, there are two types:
Permanent: These prosthetics become a part of your body and cannot be removed. Implants are the most common permanent prosthetics.
Removable: These prosthetics can be removed from your mouth and require a little extra care to maintain. Removable prosthetics include dentures and partial dentures.
Those who opt for implants usually do so because the maintenance required is so minimal.
How do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a permanent prosthetic that cannot be removed. Implants are made up of a screw or rod that is implanted into the jaw bone. At the top of this rod, a permanent crown is placed.
Prior to the rod being placed, Dr. Planes will need to determine how strong your base is. If your jaw bone has deteriorated, he will need to place a bone graft, so that the implant has a strong foundation to adhere to.
During your first visit, Dr. Planes will place the rod. Because this requires drilling into the bone, you’ll need a few months to heal. After you heal, you’ll come in for another visit where the permanent crown will be placed.
A person can have several implants implanted in their mouth. In fact, a total mouth restoration is commonly used to treat people who have lost many teeth to disease.
Benefits of dental implants include:
- Low maintenance
- Last a lifetime
- No need for adhesives or glues, like traditional dentures
- Your mouth will function like it naturally does
What are dental implants like?
A dental implant functions just like your natural teeth. Caring for them is simple and requires a healthy oral hygiene routine that has brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and coming into Dr. Planes for twice yearly visits.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
The best candidate for dental implants is one who is in good overall health, has their oral hygiene routine down to a science, and has had any existing problems like periodontitis treated. If you believe dental implants could help you, contact us. Dr. Planes can help determine the best course of action for your needs.