There are many reasons to have a tooth extracted … third molars (wisdom teeth) are the last teeth to emerge, and most people have four. However, removing these teeth is often more advantageous than problematic. But when those critical teeth that are used for chewing or those that appear in the smile line are lost, day to day life can be challenging. Dental implants may be in your future, and could be the best decision you ever made.
There is a very narrow segment of society that are not suitable dental implant candidates … young people, for example, who have not yet achieved bone maturity must wait before considering dental implants.
A dental implant is usually made from titanium. The implant dentist will insert the implant into the gum where one or more teeth have been removed or lost. The ideal scenario will have the implant fuse to surrounding bone tissue while the surgical area is healing. [pullquote]The implant is intended to offer support and strength to the final restoration just as a natural tooth relies on its root for holding the tooth in place.[/pullquote]
The implant is intended to offer support and strength to the final restoration just as a natural tooth relies on its root for holding the tooth in place.
For patients looking for options when faced with tooth loss, there are several. But when patients talk about their ideal situation, dental implants are recommended … here’s why:
- Dental implants are the next closest thing to having your natural teeth back
- Dental implants have proven to possess a very long lifespan
- Diet concerns disappear as the patient can resume eating the foods they love
- The physical appearance of the restoration covering the implant looks so natural, it is virtually impossible to discern natural from implant
- Speech concerns dissipate once those permanent teeth are replaced
Once the decision is made for dental implants, the patient must understand that this is a journey that is not completed overnight. Maintaining excellent hygiene and a commitment to discontinue tobacco use will improve the odds of success for the implant patient.
A successful dental implant procedure allows the patient to restore functionality and aesthetics resulting in improved dental health and many smiles in the future.