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Why Have a Dental Implant Placed?

Missing teeth goes beyond just being self-conscious when you smile or speak. Missing teeth can affect your ability to bite and chew, cause other healthy teeth to shift and have a negative impact on your overall health.

For these reasons, the extracted tooth / missing tooth should be replaced with an artificial one. For some patients, implants can help preserve the jawbone where teeth have been lost or are missing.

What Is a Dental Implant?

Implants are a state-of-the-art replacement for missing teeth, attaching artificial teeth directly into the jaw. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed into your jaw which holds a replacement tooth-a crown. The implant replaces the root and is made of titanium and materials that are well-suited to the human body.

The implant is surgically placed into the jaw and incorporates into the bone over time to become a stable base for crowns. Dental implants have been used for several decades by patients of all ages. They can replace a single tooth, several teeth or support partial or full dentures.

Because surgery is required, candidates for dental implants should have good general health and have adequate jawbone to support an implant.

What Is Involved In Placing a Dental Implant?

The way implants are placed depends on the patient, the type of implant and the tooth being replaced. Some implants can be fully placed in one day. Most implants involve two or three steps.

First, the implant is placed into the jaw and the gum is secured over the implant. Over the next three to six months the implant will fuse with the jaw bone. Once the implant and bone have bonded together, an extension called the abutment is attached to the implant. In some cases, the abutment and crown are a single unit. In others, a final step includes making a crown in the right size, shape and color to match your natural teeth. The crown is attached to the implant post.

What Are Some of the Advantages & Disadvantages of Dental Implants?

Dental implants provide a good alternative for the natural tooth when it must be extracted. Candidates for implants should have general good health and oral health, adequate bone support in the jaw and healthy gum tissues. Chronic illnesses such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery and prevent successful placement of an implant. Other risk factors for implant can include smoking, poor bone quality, long-term use of bisphosphonate medications, and low estrogen levels.

Replacing a missing or diseased tooth with an implant has several advantages:

• Presents a confident and natural appearance
• Doesn’t require dental procedures on neighboring teeth
• Dental implants are reliable

Though nothing looks feels or functions exactly like your natural tooth, dental implants are a viable alternative to help you maintain a beautiful smile.

For replacement of an extracted tooth, you may also consider a bridge or removable partial denture. These options require additional dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth, and should be discussed.

The Third Dimension In Dentistry

Our office houses an innovative 3D imaging device. It is used for planning the placement of an implant in all dimensions within the jaw. It is also used to image the jaws to determine the extent and location of a cysts, teeth and wisdom teeth prior to their removal. The location of teeth to the sinuses and nerves can be accurately measured and located in relation to the teeth. This is crucial knowledge to have prior to performing any tooth related surgeries.

Click here to better understand why 3D imaging is superior to a two dimensional one.

To determine if dental implants are the ideal solution for you please schedule an appointment today by contacting Dr. Tammy Korylko-Carny, DDS at 330-633-5002.