You may have lost a tooth due to trauma, such as a car accident. Maybe you had to have a tooth extracted because of serious periodontal disease. No matter how your teeth ended up missing, dental implants are a terrific option for filling the empty space or spaces left behind.
What are Dental Implants?
The implant itself is a titanium post/screw device that is placed directly into the bone of your jaw. A crown can be attached to the small portion of the post which is left visible above the gum line. After your bone adheres to the implant, which takes about four months, a porcelain crown can be attached to the protruding post. Once in place, dental implants do not have to be removed; they are cleaned and maintained just like natural teeth. It’s the closest replacement to a natural tooth available.
Implants however are more than just cosmetic. If your tooth is missing, there is no root to stimulate the jaw bone beneath it. Over time this area of the jaw bone will dissolve. Placing an implant however, provides stimulation to the bone to which it is anchored, circumventing the bone deterioration. Folks with dentures or bridges can experience this type of bone loss which will, over time, cause a gap between their dentures or bridge and the gum line as the bone beneath it dissolves away. Dental implants totally eliminate this problem.
Mini Dental Implants: Perfect for Dentures and Large Bridges
If you wear dentures, a few mini implants can be used to attach your dental work much more effectively than old fashioned, gooey adhesives. Your dentures can still be removed for cleaning, but they are much more secure when in place. And again, implants placed in the jaw bone will stimulate bone growth, eliminating the potential for bone deterioration.
Most patients find that once they have their dentures attached with these mini dental implants, they can finally eat steak or corn on the cob without fear that their dentures will come loose or fall out. Many patients have discovered that their loose dentures have caused painful irritation to the gums; those folks may be perfect candidates for mini dental implants to stabilize and immobilize their dentures, thus easing their pain and discomfort.
Bone Grafts May Be Needed to Support Dental Implants
In some cases, there is not enough supporting bone for the implant to be secured. In those cases, bone grafting can be done. For more information on bone grafting click here.
As a seasoned oral surgeon in Tucson, AZ, Dr. Charles Loschiavo offers dental implant solutions, and other cosmetic dental solutions to give you the radiant smile you’ve always wanted.