What exactly are dental implants?
Dental implants work by embedding a titanium post in the jawbones. It serves the same function as a small screw, stabilized in the jawbone and functioning like a natural root. These implants then support prosthetics, even bridges and crowns. There are certain risks associated with implants. These risks are divided into three categories, surgery-related risk, risk that occurs in the first six months, and long-term risks. However, if evaluated correctly, dental implants can be the change that permanently enhance your life.
If done correctly, an implant can last for the rest of a patient’s life and greatly increase the quality of their oral hygiene and overall health.
So is getting a dental implant the right choice for you? Check out the following factors to evaluate when considering if dental implants are right for you.
Are your bones healthy?
Dental implants are embedded directly in the jaw. So, it is important that patients have dense bone mass to maintain the implant. Titanium integrates with bone because titanium is a compatible with biological materials; it’s biocompatible. When bone fuses to the newly introduced implants, it creates a stable base for prosthetic teeth.The process of integration is termed osseointegration. Your bone mass needs to be healthy for this natural process.
Are your gums healthy?
Even if your dental implants are successful, gum disease is still a threat. So as a preventative step, patient should try to live a healthy lifestyle. Abstain from any tobacco use, because it will increase your chances of periodontal disease. Advanced gum disease indicates that the dental implant and the roots of natural teeth will be exposed to infection.
Gums support your organic, biological teeth and dental implants. If patients develop gum disease that is not appropriately addressed, you may risk the stability of the implants.
Are you ready?
So, are you ready for dental implants? The only way to make a final decision is to schedule an examination with Dr. Mark Reichman today.
Call today to reserve an appointment.