|Benefits of Dental Implants
Port Charlotte, FL
Patients who lose their teeth have a variety of options to replace their missing teeth and protect the rest of their mouth. Our team at Oak Dental Care recommends dental implants for qualifying patients. The advantages of dental implants render it one of the best options for patients who need tooth replacements.
Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss
When patients lose teeth, the underlying jaw bone weakens and deteriorates. Replacing lost teeth with dental implants prevents the jawbones from losing mass. No other tooth replacement option prevents the loss of jawbone mass.
Dental Implants Are Customizable to Match Remaining Natural Teeth
Our dental team can alter the shapes and colors of dental implants to match the size and shades of patients’ remaining natural teeth. This customization will make it more difficult for others to tell the difference between dental implants and your natural teeth.
Dental Implants Provide Significant Bite Force
Another way that dental implants differentiate themselves from other tooth-replacement options is that they provide bite force that is comparable to that of natural teeth. Dental implants are anchored to the jawbone by a metal post, giving a more secure placement than treatments that are placed on the gums.
Dental Implants Prevent Facial Distortions
Patients who lose teeth also lose support for their facial structures, causing problems such as premature wrinkles. Dental implants act like natural teeth, providing the same facial support as natural teeth.
Dental Implants Allow for Natural Speech
Tooth-replacement options such as dentures and dental bridges can interfere with the movement of the tongue, causing speech problems. Dental implants do not block or rub against the tongue since they are the same size and shape as the teeth that they replace.
Dental Implants are Immune to Cavities
Dental implants will need to be maintained and eventually replaced. However, harmful bacteria do not create cavities or caries in dental implants; the material with which the dental implants are made, titanium, do not decay.
Dental Implants Do Not Require Additional Tools or Measures to Maintain
Some tooth-replacement solutions require significant modifications to patients’ oral care regimens, such as soaking devices overnight or using specialized tools to clean the devices. Dental implants require the same level of care as natural teeth: brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, flossing daily, and rinsing routinely.
Dental Implants Are Anchored in Place
Patients may risk dealing with devices that slip, fall out, or get misplaced when dealing with dental or orthodontic devices. Dental implants are secured in place by the metal posts installed in the jaw bone. The chances of a dental implant wiggling or falling out are miniscule, and the chances of losing a dental implant are practically none.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?
If you are missing teeth, you may be wondering if dental implants are the right solution for you. While many of the patients we see here at Oak Dental Care can get dental implants, there are some who cannot or who require a few extra steps before they are candidates for the procedure. The only way to definitively say if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to come in for an exam.
You Need to be in Good Oral and Physical Health
If you are suffering from an illness or have certain health concerns that increase your risks of complications during surgery, dental implants may not be right for you. If you do have these health conditions under control, however, it may be fine. This is something you may want to discuss with your medical doctor before you come in to see us. Certain medications such as antidepressants can increase the risk that the dental implants will fail, so we will need to know all of the medications you are taking. As far as your oral health goes, we will need to work with you to deal with any oral disease you have, including gum disease, before you can undergo the implant procedure and dental implant placement. Having had gum disease in the past may not necessarily mean dental implants are impossible, but again, it can increase the risk that the dental implants will fail.
In addition to having good oral and overall health, we will check the condition of your jawbone prior to surgery. We do this by providing a basic visual exam as well as diagnostic imaging, such as dental x-rays, to determine the strength of your jawbone. We generally prefer using endosteal implants, which are inserted into your jaw. If this is not an option due to a fragile jaw or limited bone structure, we can still provide you with subperiosteal implants. These are not as sturdy since they only sit in the gums, not the jawbone.
That being said, there are options to increase the amount of strong bone structure available, such as sinus augmentation and ridge modification. These are used for endosteal implants as they can increase the size of your jawbone. Sinus augmentation lifts the sinus floors to increase the amount of jawbone tissue. Ridge modification is used for either the upper or lower jaw and involves the placement of a bone graft. A bone graft is a simple procedure that involves attaching bone fragments to your jawbone in the area or areas that it is not dense enough.
Although not every patient will be eligible for dental implants, those who are should consider dental implants due to their benefits. The high durability and low maintenance of dental implants can save patients time and money over the course of their use.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About Dental Implants
Our team of professionals at Oak Dental Care can give our patients teeth-replacement solutions that best fit their oral health, needs, and budgets. Call us at (941) 629 - 4400 to schedule a dental exam and consultation.