What are dental implants?
A dental implant is actually a post made of biocompatible titanium or zirconia ceramic that is surgically placed in the jaw bone. This post is the replacement root for the missing tooth. Secured to the implant is the dental restoration.
How many implants will I need?
The number of implants you will need to have surgically placed depends on the type of dental restoration you are getting. For a single missing tooth, only one implant is needed to secure a dental crown. For multiple missing teeth, the location and number will determine whether you need a dental bridge, partial denture or full denture. The number of implants needed to secure one of the following will be determined at your implant consultation.
Why should I choose dental implants?
The standard methods to replace missing teeth were with dental bridges and dentures. Both options will replace the teeth and support the surrounding teeth to avoid shifting. They can be fabricated fairly quickly and cost significantly less. But neither option will address jawbone shrinkage associated with the missing tooth root. Dental implants will actually replace the root system which stimulates the jawbone avoiding bone loss. Bone loss in the jaw can result in the face looking sunken in that will add years to your appearance. They are also more durable allowing for no diet restrictions and zero chance of the restoration slipping around in your mouth. Healthy teeth will not need to be utilized to accommodate the restoration like a bridge requires. With a very high success rate, implants are the closest thing to your natural teeth.
What if I am allergic to or want to avoid metal?
Claremont Dental Institute offers ceramic dental implants for a holistic and more natural solution to missing teeth. CeraRoot zirconia implants are a great solution for a person who suffers from a titanium allergy. Unlike a metal implant, ceramic implants are all white offers a more aesthetic appearance and will never corrode. They can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction resulting in a shorter healing time. Since zirconia is very strong, it allows for superior function after surgery. They are very durable and able to withstand a greater biting force and offer long term success.
What type of dental implant secured restoration will I need?
This will depend on several factors including how many teeth are missing and their location. If you are only missing a single tooth, it will be replaced with an implant supported dental crown. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, they will be replaced with implants supported dental bridge. If you are missing an entire arch of teeth, they will be replaced with implants supported denture.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
The overall health of the patient is the most important factor and not age like some people believe. There is no such thing as being ‘too old’ for dental implants. If you are healthy enough for surgery, you should be able to receive dental implants. Dr. Patel and Dr. Fountain have advanced training in implant dentistry and will determine if you are an implant candidate during your consultation. In general, they require patients to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. They will also make sure the patient is committed to a strict daily oral hygiene routine to ensure the success and longevity of the implants.