Missing teeth have no place in your life. But passing time take a toll on all of us. Teeth that were once standing strong and stable become loose; healthy smiles are riddled with decay; periodontal disease weakens the structural system behind your grin. In the end, you may look in the mirror and see a space between your teeth (and you’re not alone if you do have one).
That space doesn’t have to control you, or have an impact on your daily life. By choosing restorative dentistry, you choose to gain agency over your smile. Whether you’re missing one or more teeth, we recommend that you spend some time considering dental implants. Ready to learn more about these tooth root replacements? We can help you decide whether now is the time to move ahead with implant placement.
Who Is an Implant Candidate?
Before you learn more about implants, you’re probably interested in whether they can even work for you. There are a few preexisting problems that may keep you from getting implants – at least, right away. We may be able to offer treatment that will prepare your jaw, gums, and entire body for the surgery.
Implants are ideal for:
- Patients seeking foundations for dentures – When you’re wearing dentures, you can become frustrated with frequent slipping, clicking, and poor function. Pairing these dentures with implants will offer them a stable form of support. Dentures with implants look and feel far more like natural teeth, and they improve the patient’s quality of life.
- Patients looking to permanently replace teeth – Many dental restorations are lacking, or less than permanent. Dental implants last for decades, and can even stay with you for the rest of your life. They don’t draw on the strength of neighboring teeth to thrive, so they allow the rest of your smile to remain sound. Overall, implants are a highly viable choice for tooth replacement.
- Patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety – If you’re terrified of the dentist’s office, there are always ways that we can help. Please, let us know if you’re feeling nervous about treatment. That said, the implant procedure is surgical. If you’re hoping to avoid invasive treatment, implants aren’t the route to take.
In order to qualify for implants, patients need to possess adequate:
- Bone density (for the implants to integrate with your natural bone)
- Periodontal health
- Overall health
When you schedule your first implant consultation, Dynamic Dental’s team will take x-rays and evaluate your restorative needs. This will help us decide whether implants are the right choice.
Steps of the Tooth Implant Procedure
First, we will complete the evaluation portion of the implant process. Once Dr. Montalvo and Dr. Andrade have prepared your treatment plan, they will schedule your implant placement. During this procedure, you will receive local anesthesia so that the treatment area is numb. If you are anxious, you may also receive sedation. We will make a small incision in the gum line, and place the implant within the jaw bone. The area will be closed, and you will go home to heal.
Once the initial healing period is complete (typically 3-6 months), you will return to the office to receive abutments. These connect implants to the restorations. We will then place the restorations of your choice, and your smile will be complete.
Finding an Implant Dentist
Getting dental implants will allow you to improve your confidence, oral health, dental function, and happiness. Implants have been right for many of Dynamic Dental’s patients, and could be appropriate for you. Just get in touch to schedule a consultation, and begin a conversation.
Our team speaks both English and Spanish to better accommodate your needs. Call today!