If you are missing one or more of your teeth, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have fallen or been knocked out. The artificial tooth root helps to prevent the gum and bone loss that can occur when a tooth is missing. If you wear conventional dentures, dental implants can help to stabilize them, making it easier to eat and speak more clearly.
There are a number of reasons why you may lose teeth, including:
In order to determine if dental implants will be a viable option for you, your teeth and gums will need to be thoroughly examined. Our oral surgeon will check for any bone loss, often using dental x-rays and computer tomography (CT) scans to do so. In order to be a candidate for dental implants, you will need to have adequate bone structure remaining to support the implant. If you are a good candidate, these scans will also be used to determine the precise placement of your implant.
You will also be questioned about your oral hygiene and personal habits, as well as your willingness to commit to following after care instructions in order to determine if you will be a good candidate for for dental implants. In some cases, you may require procedures such as soft tissue or bone grafts before you will be eligible for a full dental implant, or a mini dental implant may be recommended.
In the recovery period following your implant procedure, it will be very important that you follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. This encourages your implant to integrate with the bone and tissue properly, and prevent any infection following your surgery. If you currently smoke, you will need to stop, as tobacco use is one of the main causes of implant failure.
For the first week after receiving your implants, you will need to restrict your diet to soft foods or liquids. If this will adversely affect any medical conditions that you have, receiving dental implants may not an acceptable option for you. Consult your general practitioner and oral surgeon about any medical conditions and medications you are taking before having dental implants placed.