Lost teeth cause problems when they interfere with chewing or make a person’s smile less attractive. Those with missing teeth should inquire about their options for replacement with implants. Scheduling a consultation with Tryon Family Dentistry is the first step in the process of obtaining implants.
Reasons Why People Lose Their Teeth
Tooth loss can occur for several reasons. Here are some of the most common causes of missing teeth.
Whatever the reason for tooth loss, the negative impacts can be significant. Those who want to replace their missing teeth permanently have the option of requesting dental implants. Implants provide a natural-looking replacement option that lasts. Patients will never have to worry about replacing their implant base as it becomes a permanent part of their smile.
What are implants?
Implants consist of three parts that form a working tooth unit. Once installed in a patient’s mouth, the only visible part of the three is the dental crown, which is designed to closely resemble the size, shape and color of the patient’s surrounding teeth.
Preparing for the consultation
Patients must go through a consultation before being approved for implants. The dentist will need to check the patient’s entire mouth and take x-rays to determine if there is enough bone in the missing tooth socket. If the bone in the socket has deteriorated, the dentist may apply a bone graft to encourage new growth.
If a patient is a smoker or has oral health problems, they will first need to be cleared for treatment. Quitting smoking will help a patient in the healing process that takes place after implant placement. Once the patient has undergone procedures to repair cavities, gum disease, or infections, they may be allowed to receive implants.
What to expect from implants
The procedure for getting implants can be done through same-day process or three-part options. Regardless of the type of procedure, the first step is the placement of the implant base. The base is implanted via a surgical procedure that opens up the gum tissue.
The dentist will dig into the bone tissue to allow the placement of the implant. The dentist will then suture the gum tissue closed to allow the healing process to take place. Jaw bone tissue will begin to grow around the new implant base, making it a permanent part of the patient’s smile.
If the patient undergoes a same-day implant procedure, all parts of the implant will be placed on the same day. The three parts of the implant include the implant base, the abutment and the dental crown.
Signs that dental implants are suitable for a patient
Implants can be used to replace missing teeth anywhere in a person’s smile. Generally, a person is a good candidate for implants if the following conditions are true.
The patient has a healthy smile.
The patient has one or more missing teeth.
There are no health issues that would impact the surgery or the healing process.
The patient does not want to wear dentures or crowns.
Individuals want to improve their speech.
The patient’s jaw is fully developed.
The individual is ready to commit to months of treatment.
What if patients need bone grafts?
If a tooth has been missing for a long time, the body may begin to break down the bone tissue in the socket, causing loss of volume. The base of the implant must have substantial bone growth to sit securely in the jawbone. If bone tissue is missing, the patient will need to undergo bone grafting.
There are a few options the dentist can use for a bone graft. Natural bone grafts come from a donor or from another part of the patient’s body. There are also bone substitute materials that can be placed in the patient’s jawbone to support the new implant.
People wanting implants should be aware that the bone grafting process can take several months. Bone grafts are essential for the process because a lack of stability in the jawbone can lead to surgical failure.
Learn more today
Those interested in implants should schedule a consultation. Contact them today to start the process. With implants, smiles are made complete.
At Tryon Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the comprehensive dental services they need for a healthy smile. We offer dental care for all ages.