Missing teeth can affect many areas of your life. This unappealing look can undermine your self-esteem and self-confidence. Some individuals who have teeth missing in the front stop smiling altogether, because they are self-conscious about how they look. The “windows” in your smile not only impact your view of yourself, they can also hold you back socially and professionally. More importantly, missing teeth can affect your overall heath.
Dental Implants as a Solution
More dentists are turning to the dental implant as a solution for filling in the gap left by missing teeth. Today’s dental implants are of higher quality and more durable than those first models. Advances in techniques and materials have also resulted in more natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. Dental implants provide an almost undetectable difference in appearance when compared to natural teeth.
For individuals missing all the teeth on an upper or lower arch, an implant-supported denture provides more than just a natural look. The implant-supported denture also gives the wearer the security of knowing that teeth will not become dislodged or fall out when speaking, eating, laughing or coughing. Adhesives and pastes to secure dentures become a thing of the past.
Profile of a Well-Qualified Dental Implant Patient
Many things go into consideration for dental implants. The ideal candidate should be in good general health, and of course, good oral health. The patient should have a history of good oral hygiene.
The implant needs a certain quantity of healthy bone for support. Gum tissue must be free from gingivitis and periodontal disease. In general, patients who smoke are not good candidates for implants. Dental implants are not used in children or those under 18 years of age because the bone is still growing.
Dental patients who have been missing teeth for years may have inadequate bone for a dental implant. The good news is, many of these patients can benefit from bone grafting. For these patients, a small piece of bone is grafted into the implant site. Over time, new, healthy bone is generated and the area becomes strong enough to support an implant.
This is particularly good news for those who have worn traditional dentures for years and now desire to move to the less worrisome implant-supported dentures. When teeth have been missing for a long time, the bone and soft tissue becomes thinner and shrinks. Bone grafting can build up the area, and the stimulation provided by the implant can keep the bone in that area strong and healthy.
If you have missing teeth and would like to find out more about dental implants, please give us a call. Schedule a consultation appointment to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants.