Am I a Candidate for Implant Dentistry?
Because the placement of dental implants requires surgery, suitable candidates need to be in good general health. A sufficient quantity and quality of jawbone must be present at the proposed surgical site, as well. Since healthy bone growth is stimulated during the chewing action, missing teeth can result in the atrophy and loss of bone. For this reason, bone grafting may first need to be performed for some patients in order to sufficiently strengthen the jawbone before an implant is placed.
During an initial examination with your dentist, you can learn more about whether you are a good candidate for this type of restorative procedure. Dr. Stofer in Warsaw will discuss different types of implants, and explain why he works exclusively with traditional titanium implants.
Implants: The Surgery and What to Expect
The implant procedure combines a number of steps designed to provide patients with the most natural feeling prosthetic that is seamlessly integrated with their existing teeth.
If you are deemed a suitable candidate, you can expect to undergo similar treatment to the following example of a typical dental implant procedure:
- The implant post, consisting of a small titanium screw, is implanted within the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth; the post acts as a root for the "tooth" - a dental prosthetic
- Our Warsaw practice will place a temporary replacement tooth while osseointegration, or fusing of the bone with the metal post, occurs
- After a healing period of three to six months, a second visit will be needed to place a permanent dental prosthetic atop the post, usually an all porcelain crown mimicking the look and feel of a natural tooth
Implants should be cared for in the same way you would a natural tooth. With proper oral hygiene and regularly scheduled cleanings, dental implants may last a lifetime. In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits - closing large gaps caused by a missing tooth or teeth - implants provide full functionality. They are remarkably durable and strong, and offer superior comfort and confidence over traditional restorative methods like removable dentures. However, dental implants can also support a specialized type of denture, minimizing slippage and maximizing comfort, for patients missing a large number of teeth.
The cost you will pay for implants depends upon a few factors. Dr. Stofer in Warsaw, will help you understand these factors and give you a cost estimate for your dental implants during your consultation.
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At Dental Solutions, our approach to implants is consistent with our commitment to improving our patients' oral health and satisfaction with the attractiveness of their smile. To learn more about this exciting restorative opportunity or undergo an examination with a dentist to determine whether you are a suitable candidate, contact our Warsaw dental practice today.