In the past, some of the only solutions for missing teeth were dentures, and many people even today find dentures to be uncomfortable and inconvenient. They also ran the risk of falling out or being too visible, which meant that many people felt self conscious about their smiles. Dentures have improved, and remain a worthwhile choice for some patients, but today, we now have the option of replacing missing teeth with dental implants.
Dental implants place a small titanium rod into the bone socket of the missing tooth. The bone grows back around the titanium, fusing it in place. The dentist then places a crown over the rod that looks and feels like one of your natural teeth. Compared to dentures and other methods, dental implants make it possible to replace one or multiple teeth in a way that restores your smile to its original.
Advantages of Dental Implants
Replacing teeth when they fall out is important. Not doing so can lead to deterioration of the bones in the face. Those who are considering options for tooth replacement should opt for dental implants if they want a solution that is:
- Natural in appearance so that it matches your other teeth.
- Permanent, for superior comfort, convenience, and appearance compared to dentures.
- Lasts for decades when properly maintained.
- Requires no alteration of surrounding teeth to place the implant.
- Prevents the jawbone from decaying or atrophying after tooth loss and stimulates bone growth.
With superior aesthetic, longevity, and better function, implants are the best option in many cases. But not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.
Requirements for an Dental Implant
Many of those missing one or more teeth are the right candidates for dental implants. Almost any adult is eligible, and implants have a 98% success rate. But there are some requirements before someone is considered a dental implant candidate. These include:
- Good Overall Health – Those with chronic conditions, heavy smokers, and some other health concerns need to be evaluated individually to ensure implants are compatible with their condition.
- Sufficient Bone Structure – There must be enough of the bone socket remaining to insert the titanium shaft. Once a tooth has fallen out, the bone starts to decay so those whose tooth loss is more recent will have greater success with an implant.
- Good Oral Hygiene – Healthy gums are important for those wishing to get dental implants. Since the implants will require care to keep them in good condition, patients must also be committed to proper oral healthcare.
- Completed Development – The facial bones and teeth must be completely developed in order for implants to be placed. Typically that means patients should be over the age of 18, though this will depend on your current facial development.
Your dentist can help determine if dental implants are the right choice for you. At Dental Concepts, we offer a range of cosmetic dental services, including implants. We create implants based on your existing teeth, matching the shape and color so that the implant is nearly indistinguishable from your natural teeth. This includes not only appearance, but the functionality of implanted teeth.
If missing teeth are impacting your confidence or you are interested in more effective options for replacing a lost tooth, dental implants could be the solution for you. Contact us today. We’ll set up an appointment, perform an examination, and discuss how implants can help you.