Are Dental Implants Right for Me?
For some patients dealing with damaged teeth, there may be sufficient tooth structure necessary for placing a dental crown or other restoration intended to save teeth. However, there are many cases where a tooth cannot be preserved and restored, needing to be replaced entirely. In other case, patients were born without a tooth or teeth, and possibly an accident may have knocked teeth out.
A dental implant replaces not only the visible tooth, but the roots below, as well, stimulating bone health and promoting improved overall dental wellness. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry
advises people with missing teeth and fully grown jaws to look at dental implants as a treatment option. A dental implant may be the ideal solution for patients dealing with the following issues:
Significant Periodontal Disease
Gum disease, especially in its more advanced form, creates pockets of bacteria and debris around teeth and roots, beginning the process of damaging structural tissue, including bone. Over time, periodontitis can destroy this tissue, leading to tooth loss and bone resorption. A dental implant cannot be placed until the periodontitis has been treated, but it can be used part of a strategy to promote stability, provide lasting prosthetics, and improve dental health.
Avulsed teeth are an unfortunate problem occurring in conjunction with falls, sports-related injuries, or other accidents. Implants are recommended to replace missing teeth when natural teeth cannot be re-inserted in place In the event that your tooth has been severely cracked or fracture in an accident, extraction may be the recommended course of action, preventing the cycle of failed root canals. Replacing teeth with dental implants allows patients to regain full oral function.
Replacing Failing Restorations
Restorative options like dentures, bridges, and crowns, are not necessarily permanent solutions for damaged teeth. Over time, they may contribute to dental issues that make continually providing them impossible. Removable dentures can slip from the gums as bone and tissue shrink from lack of stimulation; fixed bridges are more secure, but the placement process may have a structural impact on adjacent teeth that can damage them over time. Dental implants are designed to last well into the future and have no negative effect on surrounding oral structures. With proper care, many implant patients can enjoy treatment that last upwards of twenty years. Due to the comprehensive nature of placement, dental implants offer great security and reliability.
If you are experiencing any of the above issues, it might be time to invest in dental implants. Contact. Bowman today to discuss regaining your smile’s vitality through implant procedures. Call our Boca Raton oral surgery practice to schedule your consultation!