Dental implant restorations are a vital cosmetic dental procedure that replaces the gaps left by missing teeth with artificial teeth that look remarkably like the real thing. Unlike dentures, implants will never slip at a potentially embarrassing moment, and unlike bridges supported by crowns, dental implants don’t require alteration of otherwise healthy teeth. In fact, if you have multiple missing teeth, a bridge supported by implants is also a possibility.
Replacing missing teeth is important from more than just an aesthetic perspective. When you have a missing tooth, it can cause the rest of your teeth to shift, which can alter your bite over time. Because your other teeth are working harder to compensate for the tooth that is missing, you may experience additional wear and tear on your remaining teeth that could eventually weaken them. Missing teeth may prevent you from enjoying fresh, healthy foods, which could lead to malnutrition. Additionally, missing teeth can change the way you speak and even change the shape of your face.
If you are missing one or more teeth, call Rehoboth Beach Dental today to find out if implants are a good choice for you. Dr. Leciejewski will take a look at your overall oral health history and conduct a thorough examination and then discuss your options with you to determine what will work best to fit your needs and your lifestyle.
Am I a Dental Implants Candidate?
Most people are eligible for dental implants as long as they have reasonably good oral and physical health. Because oral surgery is required to implant the titanium post that will hold your dental implant restoration, you need to be healthy enough to undergo anesthesia and recover well from the surgery. It is also helpful if the bone in your jaw, where the implant will be fused, is reasonably healthy and that you have a suitable quantity. If the bone in your jaw is not adequate, we can discuss the possibility of bone and other tissue grafts, but it may also be that an alternative approach might be right for you.
If you decide to opt for dental implants, you should commit to good oral health habits. If you are willing to do your part to take care of your teeth and gums, your dental implants should last you a lifetime. No extra care is needed for dental implants other than the brushing and flossing routine that we recommend for all of our patients as well as twice-yearly dental examinations and cleanings done by one of our skilled and gentle dental hygienists as recommended by the American Dental Association.
The Dental Implants Procedure
To begin the process of dental implant restoration, we will refer you to an oral surgeon who will place the titanium post. Once you have healed from that procedure, you will return to our Rehoboth Beach dental office.
The next step will be to take impressions of your teeth and send these impressions along with measurements of your jaws to an excellent dental lab. In a week or two, your implant restoration will be ready, and you can return to our office to have it placed.
Call us today to find out more about dental implants and whether they are right for you.