Accidents, injuries, health problems – a number of reasons can cause tooth loss. If you have lost one or more teeth, replacing the empty space with another one is essential. One of the most popular options for tooth replacement is dental implants.
What Are Dental Implants?
- Dental implants are titanium fixtures that are screwed into jaw bones through surgery. This implant then fuses with the bone and allows a false tooth or teeth to attach to it.
- It is the ideal choice because the metal is strong, durable, and biocompatible i.e. safe enough to be fused with your bone structure. Titanium is also used to make stents, pacemakers, orthodontic brackets as well as other orthopedic solutions for injuries in shoulders, hips, knees, and elbows.
Who Are They For?
Dental implants are suited for anybody with missing teeth. As long as you have adequate jaw bone at the necessary location, dental implants can yield excellent results. While the implant itself can last a lifetime, the crown should ideally be inspected annually. Important factors you should consider before undergoing dental implant treatments include:
- Presence of Jaw Bone (or lack thereof)
- Bone Graft (for inadequate jaw bone)
- Partial Removable Dentures (if used)
- Smoking Habits (if applicable)
- Medical and Dental History
- CT-Scan or X-Ray for Initial Diagnosis
Before recommending you for a dental implant surgery, our dentists first evaluate your medical and dental history to ensure that you have adequate jawbone to support and stabilize the implant. Another important factor is your smoking history. It is a known fact that users of tobacco products do not heal as well as non-smokers, and can often risk the fusing process. Although smoking can be a complicating factor, it does not mean implants are not possible.
Types of Dental Implants
Dental implants are generally made from titanium as they aid osseointegration, that is, fusing of the implant with living bone. Generally, we offer the most common type of dental implant based on your individual needs as well as budget constraints.
- The root form dental implant is the most common type as it is shaped similar to a real tooth root. If your jaw bone is found to be too short or narrow for replacement, we perform bone grafting to fuse the implant after which, we allow it to heal for 3-6 months.
For more information on dental implant options, price quotes and surgeries, contact Hinsdale Dental today. We look forward to helping your smile!