When Would I Need Dental Implants?
It’s all too easy to lose a tooth thanks to an accident, injury, decay or oral surgery. Of course, walking around with a missing tooth isn’t an option, but bridges or dentures may seem like a big hassle to you and all too temporary.
What Exactly are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are ceramic crowns that are fitted over a titanium post. The post is implanted surgically into your jaw by a dental surgeon. It’s then allowed to heal and a temporary bridge is used until the tissue around the post heals. Then the crown is put on and you no longer have a missing tooth.
Traditionally with a missing tooth, patients would use dentures but had to suffer through a range of problems, from loose fitting dentures to clicking or whistling sounds when talking or eating. At Alpine Dental, we embrace the latest technology and offer dental implants in place of dentures. This permanent solution to missing teeth will feel like your own natural tooth, all the time.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Here are eight benefits of dental implants over bridges and dentures:
- Dental implants look, feel and function just like natural teeth
- Dental implant teeth will never move or loosen
- Proper chewing function is restored, so patients can enjoy foods typically hard to eat with dentures
- Patients never have to deal with sticky, gooey denture adhesives
- Surrounding teeth avoid the damage they would get from the pressure of unsightly partial denture clasps
- No more irritated and painful gums from rubbing dentures
- Speech remains natural, unlike with loose or poorly fitting dentures
- Dental implants help stop the progressive bone loss and shrinkage of your jawbone by “mimicking” the roots of natural teeth
Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?
Most healthy adults with good oral and physical health are eligible for dental implants and seek the permanence that dentures simply cannot provide. It’s important that the patient’s jawbones have stopped growing in order to qualify for dental implants. There are a few medical conditions that might disqualify someone from dental implants, like smoking issues, gum disease, bone disease and more..