When you have a missing tooth or teeth, it can sometimes be bothersome and disrupt the activities in your daily life. Chewing may be difficult, smiling may make you feel uncomfortable, speaking may sound slurred or unclear, and brushing/flossing may be complicated. If your gum tissue and bones are healthy but you are unable to wear traditional dentures or a bridge, you may be a candidate for dental implants.
What Do Dental Implants Do?
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots for any location in your mouth with missing teeth. During the surgical procedure, the implant itself is placed in your jawbone in order to bond with your natural bone, which is why you need to have healthy bones before the procedure. An abutment (connector) is placed on top of the implant which will hold and support the crown which is made to match the appearance of your natural teeth. Following the procedure, you will have confidence in your smile, better overall health, and be able to live your best life with healthy teeth and gums.
Will Dental Implants Help Me?
There are many advantages to dental implants. They look, feel, and function like your natural teeth, and you can take care of them (brushing and flossing) as if they were your real teeth. No need to remove them for cleaning. Likewise, they help retain your facial structure and smile while also protecting your facial bones and healthy teeth. If the spaces left from missing teeth remain empty, it can deteriorate your jawbone; dental implants actually help maintain and stimulate bone growth. Bone loss prevention is also a critical advantage to dental implants since your jawbone will bond with the implant.
Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?
There are two main types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are the most common type made of titanium and placed in the jawbone. Subperiosteal implants are placed under the gum but on or above the jawbone. This may be an option if you do not have enough healthy natural jawbone to support the traditional implant and choose not to undergo bone augmentation to restore the bone in your jaw. There are other techniques designed to rebuild bone and provide a foundation for the dental implant that Dr. Joshua Ignatowicz can discuss with you, if necessary.
If you are missing teeth and would like to consider dental implants as an option to restore your beautiful smile, contact Dr. Ignatowicz today for a consultation.