Dental implants are a wonderful option for patients who are missing teeth or want a more secure fit when wearing dentures. In the past, if you were missing a tooth, your only viable option was to have a bridge placed. Unfortunately, dental bridges can compromise surrounding teeth, so this is why more patients are opting for dental implants.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small titanium rods that are surgically placed underneath the gum line and into the bone. Over the course of about three to six months, the implants will fuse naturally with the bone and create a secure abutment for a crown to be placed. Dental implants may also be placed if you wear dentures that continually slip and fall out. The implants can create more security with your dentures so that the appliance is more comfortable to wear throughout the day.
Who is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Most people are good candidates for dental implants. An exam and series of x-rays will be taken before the implants are placed. People who may be denied the procedure include those with immune disorders or individuals with poor bone mass and density. Some of the reasons a person might want to have implants placed include:
- Those who are missing teeth and who do not want a bridge placed
- Those who wear dentures and want a more secure appliance
- Patients who want a surgical-grade permanent option
If you are interested in dental implants, or would like to learn more about this procedure contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you!