Providing A Long-Term Solution
Are you presently having complications chewing, speaking, and lacking one or more teeth or feeling embarrassed about your smile? You may want to look at dental implants. Over 30 million people in America are lacking their complete set of teeth in one or both jaws. By 74 years of age, 26% of adults have the absence of their entire set of permanent teeth. Over 69% of adults between the ages of 35 to 44 are lacking at least one permanent tooth due to gum disease, trauma, tooth decay or a broken down root canal.
All-on-4 Dental Implants have proven to be a functionally effective restorative option for the treatment of missing teeth. In several cases, dental implants can be the only rational option for the restoration of all needed functionality of the teeth and supporting framework.
There Are A Number Of Reasons To Consider Dental Implants, Including:
- To re-establish the aesthetic look of your smile and facial features
- To recover one or more missing teeth without impairing other teeth
- To clear up bite issues or joint discomfort caused by shifting teeth
- To brace/protect a bridge or denture and aide in overall comfort
- To rebuild chewing function, digestion and speech function
Dental Implants are what?
Dental implants are meticulous installments that are used to re-establish the root of a lacking tooth. The titanium screws and cylinders are secured into the jawbone where it can reinforce a single or multiple teeth bridge, tooth crown or support partial or full removable dentures.
The oral surgeons at Sacramento Surgical Arts, PC have several years of experience in establishing dental implants.
The Causes Of Tooth Loss
The causes of tooth loss are:
- Gum Disease
- Tooth decay
- Failed Root Canals
- Genetic defects
What Will Happen If I Do Not Receive Treatment?
You may feel embarrassed when you smile or speak. Tooth loss can have a detrimental effect on day-to-day activities such as eating, which may turn into health issues such as malnutrition.
Also, you may also encounter bone deterioration if you are lacking teeth. Bones can degrade and lose strength when there is not another tooth reinforcing it, leaving an insufficient amount of bone needed to set an implant in the future.
Missing teeth can cause spacing issues as our teeth will try to close gaps naturally. This spacing can cause issues increasing oral hygiene difficulty which may lead to gum disease.
Should You Get Dental Implants?
In several cases, implants have proven to be longer lasting than dentures or bridges. Singular implants can support crowns replacing an individual missing tooth. Dental implants are also capable of acting as a brace on a dental bridge, aiding in the replacement of several teeth. Individuals who have full dentures often struggle with stability and pain which in turn limits their oral function. Dental implants, set to aid in support of a denture, can lessen discomfort and give you the ability to chew with less difficulty.
How To Get Dental Implants
The purpose of dental implants is to provide both a functioning and supportive connection between the dental implant and your bone. This procedure is done through what is called osseointegration, which fastens the root of the dental implant to your jaw bone.
The specialist will do a comprehensive oral exam and evaluate the condition that your primary dentist has referred you for. This will include but may not be limited to:
- Review of your medical and dental history
- Dental examination
- Bite examination
- Measurement of jawbones height and length
- Anatomic features are located (nerve locations and proximity of sinuses)
- Oral x-rays
- Three-dimensional scans of bone
If your doctor feels you are a suitable recipient for dental implants, a medical treatment strategy will be put in place for you and choices of anesthesia discussed. After this an appointment to start the treatment plan can be made.
The specialist will have to prepare the location where the tooth is lacking before setting the implant. This may include eliminating excessive gum tissues or bone, as well as rebuilding and reshaping areas of bone.
A doctor will set the implant (a tiny titanium post) into your jawbone and let it heal to reinforce to the jawbone. This entire process typically takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months. A semi-permanent tooth can be set in your mouth while the implant is healing.
When the implant has reinforced to the jawbone, the permanent fake tooth can then be set on top of the implant by your primary or specialist dentist. When dentures are involved, your primary dentist will secure the implants to the denture.
Dental Implants Are Successful!
Dental implants have been successfully used for more than 30 years. Studies are uninterruptedly showing success percentages over 95%.
Caring For Your Dental Implants
Dental implants adhere to your bone, therefore crowns adhered to your implants will look and function similarly to your natural teeth. Remember when cleaning your implants that you need to use the correct oral hygiene techniques that you use on your own natural teeth.
In various cases, doctors will prescribe a mouth rinse to be used daily. If you are unable to maintain good oral care, your dental implants may fail.