When we lose a tooth as children all we have to do is wait for another tooth to replace it. Unfortunately, when we lose teeth as an adult we don’t have that luxury. Unlike sharks who have an unlimited supply of teeth, humans have only one set of adult teeth. Teeth are lost for a variety of reasons and one of the best ways to replace a tooth is a dental implant.
Endosteal: This is the most common type of implant. It’s where a screw is placed directly into the jawbone. Each screw can hold one or more teeth and is given to patients as an alternative to bridges or a full set of dentures. Because the screw is placed directly in the jawbone and the tooth fits directly into the screw, the jawbone is preserved by placing implants.
ARE DENTAL IMPLANTS RIGHT FOR ME?
The biggest factor when it comes to dental implants is the health of the gums and jawbone. Because the screw is being implanted directly into the jawbone, it’s important that the patient has good oral health to improve the long term prognosis of the implant.
It is possible that additional procedures need to be done prior to placing a dental implant especially if the tooth has been missing for many years. It is usually better to have teeth replaced sooner rather than later.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE WITH AN IMPLANT?
The great thing about implants is their ability to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth and make it seem like you never had a problem at all. Just like with your natural teeth, regular brushing and flossing are required to maintain the health of the implant, and you should always continue to see your dentist. But other than general oral health, no special care is required.
If you are interested in getting a dental implant or you just need a checkup to fix problems before they become painful, then call Windermere Dental and Med Spa today to hear how a dental implant can bring the shine back to your smile.