Dental implants are the most comfortable, realistic, and durable method for replacing missing teeth. At Sedalia Dental, we can help you determine whether or not implants might be a viable solution for you if you are trying to decide what to do about one or more missing teeth.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of a root form that is surgically place in the jawbone, and a crown is placed over the portion that extends out of the gum. Dental implants preserve the health of your jawbone and prevent facial collapse, a condition that over time causes it to shrink away because of missing teeth.
Surgery to place the implant is typically done by an oral surgeon. Healing takes several weeks and during that time the implant must completely integrate with the jawbone before the crown can be placed. Once the crown is in place, no one will even know that you had a missing tooth.
Are dental implants for you?
Dental implants are not a “one-size-fits-all” option. First and foremost, you must be in good general health and able to tolerate the surgery necessary to place the root form. Certain chronic conditions may make a dental implant an unnecessarily risky solution, so a dental bridge might also be a viable option instead. If you have diabetes, an immune-deficiency disease or hemophilia, it’s important that you discuss your situation thoroughly with Dr. Carroll to evaluate your risk.
Smoking and alcohol use are also factors that contribute to dental implant failure. Accurate information about smoking or drinking habits is critical in making sure we are helping you make the best treatment decision to replace your missing tooth.
You must also have enough bone in the jaw to support the implant root form. If you do not, you can still have dental implants, but bone grafting surgery to reinforce the bone at the site of the dental implant will be necessary first. This will add to the total time of treatment and to the cost of your implants.
Are you wondering if you might be a candidate for dental implants? Call us or request an appointment online for a consultation with Dr. Aaron Carroll.