Dental Implants: The Best Solution for Missing Teeth
Despite improvements in dental care and a patient’s best hygiene efforts, occasionally patients will experience tooth loss. Whether it is a result of decay, gum disease, or trauma, a missing tooth can cause a host of problems. In the past, the only options for replacing missing teeth were bridges, partials or dentures. However, today, the best option for replacing a missing tooth or teeth is a dental implant.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are replacements for tooth roots made out of titanium posts. The small post is placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. An anchor abutment is attached to the dental implant which sticks up out of the gum tissue. This procedure is performed by a dental surgeon who works closely with Dr. McGee. After a period of about six to twelve weeks, the jawbone will grow around the implant anchoring it. Once it is examined and determined to be stable, the patient will return to Dr. McGee’s office for the placement of the crown on the implant anchor abutment.
What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?
Improved Appearance - Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, so they are the best option for replacing teeth and providing a beautiful smile.
Improved Comfort – Since dental implants become part of you, as they are fused with your bone, they eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
Improved Speech – Often, with poor fitting dentures, teeth can slip and cause your speech to be affected. Implants allow you to speak clearly without the worry of dentures slipping.
Ease of Eating – Unlike removable dentures, which can make chewing difficult, implants act like your own teeth allowing you to eat your favorite foods without worry.
Durability – In general, dental implants have a success rate of 98 percent, and with proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Who Can Get a Dental Implant?
Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a dental extraction or oral surgery can be considered a candidate for a dental implant procedure.
Healthy gums and adequate bone to hold the implant must both be considered. Heavy smokers and those with uncontrolled chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease may need additional evaluations. Dr. McGee can help you determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
How Do You Care for a Dental Implant?
Since dental implants are like your natural teeth, they require the same routine care as your other teeth including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups with the staff of Dr. McGee.