Dental implants are small titanium posts designed to replace the roots of missing teeth. At Odyssey Dental, the implants are implanted into the jawbone, providing stable support for tooth replacement teeth in the form of dental crowns. Dental implants are an excellent solution for people who have lost a tooth or multiple teeth and don’t want to wear a removable partial denture or a dental bridge. They can also replace dentures with fixed implant bridges or stabilize a lower denture for improved function and appearance.
Dental implants can be an excellent tooth replacement option for eligible patients. However, there are specific criteria that all patients must meet to be considered for implants. A significant factor is a patient’s bone density. Bone loss can occur if a tooth is lost and not replaced. When a tooth is removed, the jawbone is no longer being stimulated. As a result, the bone tissue may deteriorate and weaken over time. When this happens, a patient may not be a candidate for dental implant placement. This is because the implant post needs a strong and supportive foundation in the jawbone to provide stability for the restoration. Without enough bone structure, the implant will not stay in place and will likely fail.
In addition to bone density, other factors may affect candidacy for dental implants. Patients should have healthy gums free of gum disease or decay. Additionally, general health is a consideration, as certain medical conditions may present risks to treatment. These conditions may include uncontrolled diabetes, alcoholism, autoimmune disease, etc. If you suffer from one of these conditions, discuss treatment options with your dentist to determine if dental implants might be right for you.
Dental implants have several benefits, but the most significant advantage is their ability to function like natural teeth. This means you can bite and chew just as you usually would without worrying about any uncomfortable complications that can often come with dentures or bridgework. Another significant benefit is that implants are designed to look completely natural. They don’t move in your mouth as dentures can, and they don’t require any special cleaning procedures to maintain their aesthetic quality. You’ll need to brush, floss, and see your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to keep your implants looking and feeling great.
If you are missing one or more teeth and want to learn more about dental implants, visit Odyssey Dental at 8256 W. Cactus Road, Suite #136, Peoria 85381, or call (623) 934-7606. At your appointment, the dentist can evaluate your smile and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. If not, they can help you explore alternative treatment options to restore your smile to optimal health!