Do you have to replace your tooth, missing teeth, or just tired of your dentures? What if we told you that instead of having to wear dentures you could get a dental implant? It’s less of a hassle than dentures, and it’s a possible, permanent solution to your teeth’s replacement.
Dental implants, also known as a fixture, is made of two pieces a titanium screw and a crown. There are many reasons to get dental implants:
- tooth rotted away
- broken tooth
- missing tooth
- replacement of dentures
However, before we get dental implants talking to your dentist first is important to know whether you’re eligible to get dental implants. You might not be eligible to get a dental implant if you have (to name a few):
- chronic illness (i.e., diabetes or leukemia)
- heavy smokers
- poor gum health
- bone structure not fully developed
- not enough bone
When you have an illness or poor health, it can affect the healing process and is always best to not do it. Talk with your dentist to get examined and to verify you are eligible to receive a fixture.
Some risks come from getting dental implants and depending on your health; it determines if you can go through the process or not.
The main risk of dental implants is an infection. During a fixture procedure, you will have to undergo three phases of implantation.
The dentist will surgically place the titanium screw(s) into the jawbone.
- Once the screw(s) have been placed inside the jaw, the bone will need time to heal around the implant making it strong. This process is known as osseointegration where the screw and bone integrate. It can take months for the integration to happen before the artificial teeth are placed.
- When the integration of the bone and implants has been completed, the placement of the teeth can be made. If it is a single tooth, a custom crown will be made, but if it is multiple teeth, a custom-made bridge will be used.
- During the first phase, the risk of infection is more likely to happen, having one or more open wounds. If you’re don’t care for your open wounds, bacteria can build up and cause further complications. The risks of a dental implant aren’t just at the root of poor oral hygiene after the first surgery but the surgeon. If the surgeon isn’t careful and makes a mistake, they can permanently damage your jawbone and nerve.
Restoring our smile with natural looking teeth can give us the confidence we need but, first you want to ensure you speak with your dentist and surgeon first to understand the procedure and ask any questions you might have but to build trust with them. It will be a long dental procedure and knowing what to expect can help ease any stress or anxiety.
If you’re interested in consulting with a dental professional about whether dental implants are the right fit for you, you can call us at 801-505-7125.
* Learn more about dental implant at American Academy of Implant Dentistry