A radiant smile is a key ingredient to our self-confidence, and many of us go to great lengths to achieve our ideal grin. Whitening and orthodontics are common ways for people to improve their smiles, but sometimes life throws us a curveball, and our smile is fundamentally changed through the loss of a permanent tooth. Tooth loss can happen due to accident or decay, but the negative impact on one’s self-identity is often the same. Fortunately, there are many options for replacing lost teeth that can help you regain your confidence and get back to business as usual! Dental implants are a great way to replace a lost tooth permanently, so read on to find out if they’re for you!
What are dental implants?
A dental implant is a synthetic way to replace a lost tooth. Your dentist will place a titanium rod into your jaw bone below your gum line to fuse to your bone and act as a new tooth root. They will then fix a replacement tooth onto this post, filling in the gap created by your lost tooth. Dental implants are more stable than dentures and do not require interfering with existing teeth, the way bridges may.
What types of dental implants exist?
The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes multiple distinct types of implants, but the two most common are endosteal and subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are placed directly into the jaw bone through surgery and are typically screws, small cylinders, or plates. Subperiosteal implants are inserted under the gum but above the jaw and are therefore more recommended for people with shallow jawbones.
Who should get dental implants?
Reasons for cosmetic dentistry vary from person to person, but generally, having a lost tooth replaced can not only help with confidence, but it is also healthier than leaving a gap. Tooth loss is rampantly common among American adults, with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimating that nearly one in five American adults over 65 suffers from complete tooth loss. Bridges and dentures can work for some people, but many are left feeling these aren’t their best options. Dental implants may be right for you if you have healthy gums and oral tissue and keep up with a diligent oral health regimen. Routine flossing, brushing, and using mouthwash are integral components of keeping your mouth healthy, and this routine needs to continue to be followed after implants are placed. It’s also important that someone receiving dental implants has sufficient bone to support the implants. If your dentist is worried about your bone structure, a bone graft procedure may be able to help you provide a better base for your implants.
There are many options for replacing a missing tooth or teeth, and your dentist will be able to help you go over your options!
If you would like to see what is available to you, or to learn more about dental implants, give us a call at Blue Island Smiles today!