DENTAL IMPLANTS: MORE THAN A COSMETIC SOLUTION
For many people, dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth. The implant procedure involves three separate components to create what looks and functions like a natural tooth. Dental Implants consist of a titanium screw-like component that is placed in the jaw. The crown or denture (false tooth) connects to the implant with a custom connection component called abutment.
Patients interested in getting dental implants must have a preliminary consultation to assess the bone structure that will support the implant. Adequate bone structure and healthy (disease free) gums are needed for a successful dental implant. Bone grafting may be necessary for individuals that do not have quite enough bone to anchor the implant.
With proper care implants can last for decades. Oral health as well as overall health can increase the likelihood that your implant will successfully heal. Individuals that suffer from gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis may not be eligible for implant surgery without treatment of the disease, because the bacteria that causes gum disease can lead to bone loss around an implant.
Replacing missing teeth can be vital to long term oral health. If left untreated, gaps can cause teeth to shift and the pockets in the gums can become breeding grounds for unwanted bacteria that can cause disease.
Dental implants are more than a cosmetic solution to lost teeth. Implants can prevent unwanted dental problems in the future.