Dental implants are replacements for missing, broken, or damaged teeth. A dental implant is a good choice for patients who have teeth that are extremely damaged, or are at risk of bone loss from their damaged teeth. Dental implants look and work just like a real tooth, and can help patients gain the confidence they feel they’ve been missing with their current smile. The three basic types of dental implants are:
Implant Overdentures – used for individuals who are missing most or all of their teeth
Implant Crowns – used for individuals who have a single missing or damaged tooth
Implant Bridgework – used for individuals who are missing several teeth in a row.
What Happens During a Dental Implant?
There are a few stages for the dental implant procedure. The patient’s teeth and jaw must be assessed and prepared. If there is substantial bone loss the patient may require a graft or root canal. Once everything has been prepared and set up, a metal post is inserted into the jaw, which then fuses around the post. After the post has fused an abutment, or false tooth, is affixed to the post, resulting in permanent replacement teeth that don’t need to be taken out, won’t make noise or slip, and are cared for just like your regular teeth. As a result, many patients prefer dental implants compared to other potential remedies.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
Patients that receive dental implants report an increased sense of well-being, as well as a boost in self-confidence, as they no longer feel anxious about smiling around other people. Patients have also reported that they are happier because they can enjoy their favorite food, and don’t experience the same levels of pain that they used to. Dental implants can also help prevent bone deterioration and help stop infection from forming in broken or damaged teeth.
Should I Get Dental Implants?
If you have missing or broken teeth, use dentures, or have a tooth supporting bridge, then you may be a candidate for dental implants. However, there are a number of other factors that patients need to be aware of when they are considering dental implants, especially when the procedures to prepare a patient for dental implants are taken into account. Some of these factors include:
Sufficient bone in the jaw to support implants
Level of oral health
No conditions or diseases that inhibit bone growth
If you’re considering dental implants, make sure you talk to a qualified oral health professional to make sure you understand the potential risks and benefits. Dr. Kathleen A. Stambaugh is a periodontal and implantology specialist in Burlington, WA. Her practice specializes in the treatment of gum disease including cosmetic procedures to aesthetically enhance your smile, and replace missing teeth using dental implant technology. She also diagnoses and treats oral pathology.
With over 55 years of research and practice, Pericowest Periodontics provides cutting edge implant and periodontal disease services and treatments. Kathleen A. Stambaugh’s office is nestled in the city of Burlington, surrounded by farm fields and foothills, providing a calm and serene place of practice that is reflected in the patients’ treatment experience.