If you suffer from missing teeth, dental implants treatment may be right for you. Dental implants can be paired with different dental restorations to replace one or more missing teeth. Austin cosmetic dentistry patients are enjoying the many benefits of permanent tooth replacement with dental implants. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Dan Holtzclaw to find out if you’re a candidate for dental implants.
What Is Dental Implant Treatment?
Dental implant treatment is basically the surgical replacement of missing teeth. With dental implants, a screw-like titanium post is placed within the empty tooth socket of the jawbone. As the jawbone heals around the dental implant, a permanent bond is formed. Once fully healed, the necessary dental restoration will be attached to complete treatment. The type of dental restoration used depends on the number of teeth being replaced. Dental implants can be paired with dental crowns to replace individual teeth or can be paired with dental bridges and even dentures to replace multiple teeth.
Dental Implant Candidates
Though most people with missing teeth are prime candidates for dental implants, they may not be suitable for everyone. Those who do not generally make good candidates for dental implant treatment include:
Smoking can lead to complications following dental implant treatment as well as interfere with the healing process.
Dental implant treatment requires surgery. Those with heart disease may not be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant procedure.
Those with uncontrolled diabetes a generally not candidates for dental implant treatment as this disease can result in complications with healing.
A dental examination complete with x-rays will be completed to determine candidacy . Candidates for dental implants generally experience one or more of the following conditions:
Once a tooth is lost, the jawbone will begin to atrophy. X-rays are taken to assess the jawbone and ensure there is enough bone tissue to support the dental implant. In the event there is inadequate bone tissue, a bone graft can be performed to rebuild the jaw.
Missing one or multiple teeth:
For those who are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are a great option for permanently replacing their missing teeth. When paired with dental crowns, dental implants can be used to replace one or more individual teeth. Though a full set of teeth can be replaced with individual implants, it is more cost and time effective to replace multiple teeth with implant-supported dental bridges or dentures. With implant-supported bridges one to two implants can be paired with a dental bridge to replace three or more teeth. For those requiring replacement of all of their teeth, implant-supported dentures offer the security of dental implants while only requiring the placement of three to five implants per arch.
In good oral and general health:
Dental implant treatment requires minor oral surgery so candidates must be healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Candidates must also be in good oral health to help ensure proper healing.
Find Out If You’re a Candidate!
To see if you’re a candidate for dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. Holtzclaw today!