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Dental Implants Offer A Long-term, Permanent Solution

dental implants Battle Creek MIWhen patients have suffered tooth loss, they may not want a tooth replacement that will need to be replaced itself every few years. Yet, this can happen with some standard appliances, like fixed dental bridges or conventional dentures, which are used to restore patients’ smiles after tooth loss.

In contrast, dental implants provide a more permanent solution for tooth loss. This revolutionary technology takes advantage of the biocompatible qualities of titanium, which is used to make dental implants. Bone is able to fuse with the titanium cylinders, and this osseointegration process leaves the dental implant as a fixture in the patient’s jaw. After dental implants have been osseointegrated, a dentist can place a crown, bridge or denture on top of them to meet the patient’s needs.

Dental implants are structurally similar to a biological tooth’s root, which performs many important functions, including maintaining the stability of the jaw. Tooth roots anchor jaw bone, which erodes following tooth loss when those roots are missing. That jawbone atrophy can put remaining teeth at risk for being lost and cause a conventional appliance to lose its fit as the jaw’s shape changes. Eventually, those appliances will need to be refitted or even replaced.

Although dental implants can be a permanent solution for tooth loss, the conditions must be right for this outcome. To maximize the longevity of dental implants, it is important for the patient to be a suitable candidate for the treatment, which requires adequate bone at the implant site to support osseointegration.

Patients who choose dental implants also must be diligent about maintaining their oral health, as future bone loss could compromise the dental implants. This requires a thorough daily oral hygiene routine, along with routine professional cleanings and exams every six months.

If you want a durable replacement for a missing tooth or teeth, consider dental implants. Visit the office of Dr. John Morris for a consultation and to learn more about this treatment option.

Do dental implants require special care?

dental implants Battle Creek MIDental implants are one option to be considered after experiencing tooth loss. Your dentist will consult with you on any requirements to be met, the procedure itself, and the care required before, during, and after this treatment.

Before entering into the implant process, your dentist will want to qualify you as a good candidate by discussing your overall health. A thorough dental exam will be completed that may include dental x-rays to determine bone strength.

The specialist will explain the need for terminating tobacco use before the treatment, as well as the time obligation, financial consideration, and long-term expectations resulting from the treatment.

The process involves placing the implant where tooth loss has occurred. This area will be protected with a temporary covering during the healing process. During this healing period it is important to keep the area as free from bacteria as possible to prevent infection, which is one of the leading causes of implant failure.

The implant must remain protected from possible movement while bone grafts to it, which ultimately will provide the base of strength and support for the final restoration.

Periodic dental visits will assure the implant process is staying on track. Once healed, your dentist will have created a restoration that matches neighboring natural teeth in size, shape, and color to make your final result virtually impossible to discern what is real and what is cosmetic.

Once completed the final restoration will have been permanently affixed to the implant and will be treated just like your natural teeth. Your dentist will demonstrate the correct way to floss around your new tooth. You will brush and floss daily just like you have always done.

One of the wonderful results you can expect from dental implants is the ability to resume eating all the foods you love. You can think of your newly implanted tooth just like you would your natural teeth, so enjoying food you once thought were off limits is now accepted.

Daily brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist every six months are to be expected. These actions will not only help keep your remaining natural teeth healthy, but your implant will be inspected to make sure it remains fully functional and performing as expected.

Call our dental team today to find out what implant options are available for you!

How do I know if I’m a suitable candidate for dental implants?

dental implants Battle Creek MIA consultation with your dentist will outline the time and commitment required as well as your suitability to see if dental implants are the best solution to your tooth loss.

One or more teeth missing due to trauma, decay, or disease can be difficult to overcome. But with the advice and guidance of your dental professional, you will be able to make the best decision about replacing missing teeth.

Consideration will be given to the patient’s overall health. Generally if the patient is healthy enough for teeth extraction, they will be able to undergo the implant procedure.

Dental health is reviewed to ascertain whether there are contributing factors that might result in a successful implant process. Patients dealing with gum disease are carefully reviewed. Dental x-rays are taken to determine bone strength at the proposed implant site. Although lack of jaw bone does not immediately eliminate the patient, preliminary steps may be required to build up bone.

Other considerations include the patient’s willingness to give up tobacco use. Smokers are not ideal implant candidates.

The individual must be willing to dedicate the necessary amount of time from start to finish before treatment is concluded. This level of commitment includes keeping the implant area as clean as possible by following the recommendations made by the dentist to prevent infection (the leading cause of implant failure). All follow-up appointments must be kept and any diet restrictions followed.

Once the patient has been deemed a suitable candidate for dental implants, the process can get underway.

Once it has been determined sufficient bone is in place, a small titanium implant is surgically embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred.

During the ensuing 3 to 4 months of healing, the bone is fusing to the implant which will ultimately provide the strength and support needed to secure the final restoration.

Once healed, the crown (or prosthesis depending on the number of teeth being replaced) is affixed giving the patient the ability to eat, speak, and smile with the confidence enjoyed before tooth loss occurred.

To find out if you are a candidate for dental implants, or to learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact the office of Dr. John B. Morris today.

Dental Implants: How long is the treatment process?

dental implants Battle Creek MIUnderstandably, patients who are pursuing dental implants following tooth loss hope to get through the process as quickly as possible. However, it’s important to give careful consideration to all of the aspects of a patient’s situation that could have an effect on the long-term success of the procedure.

An implant dentist treats each patient on a case-by-case basis, so it’s virtually impossible to give one treatment timeframe that applies to all patients.

At your initial consultation, the implant dentist will gather a great deal of information that will help shape your specific treatment plan. This will include a variety of techniques and technological devices.

The dentist will take x-rays to examine the quality of the bone at the implant site. If there is not enough bone present, the patient may need to have a bone graft before the implant can be placed, which can add a number of months to the treatment timeframe. 

Different patients will have different timelines toward the ultimate goal—a durable tooth replacement.

Sufficient bone is essential to long-term dental implant stability, as the bone’s bond with the implant is what makes this device so durable. A bone graft can be a valuable investment of a patient’s time, even if it does increase the time spent waiting for the implant.

The patient may also need to wear a temporary prosthetic crown, bridge or denture while waiting for the osseointegration process, in which the jawbone bonds with the implant, to be completed. At a later time, the patient then returns to be fitted with the permanent prosthetic.

We understand that our patients want to move forward with dental implant placement as quickly as possible, but we want to give patients the best chance of positive, long-lasting outcomes. Different patients will have different timelines toward the ultimate goal—a durable tooth replacement. After evaluating your case, our skilled dentist, Dr. John B. Morris, can give you a better idea of what to expect from dental implant treatment. Contact our office today to learn more about your options.