What Are They and Is This a Good Choice For Me?
I frequently have patients ask me about dental implants and whether or not they are appropriate in their case. Dental implants are popular because of their predictability and ease of placement. They are not necessarily the best or the only treatment option for all patients. It is important for me as the clinician to explain how implants may or may not be the best option.
When we have determined that an implant option is best for the situation, the titanium post is placed in the jaw to simulate the root portion of the tooth.This is a relatively minor and painless procedure that is done with local anesthesia. While the implant integrates with the bone over several months the patient may have a temporary restoration. After integration has been realized we custom make a crown restoration that is attached to the top of the restoration. Implants have a 95% success rate which is arguably higher than any other dental restoration.
When a patient is deciding about whether to have an implant they need to take into account more than just the procedural factors and the success rate. I try to direct my patients toward seeing the big picture. The overall quality and condition of the teeth and gums need to be taken into consideration and long term prognosis as well. I am particularly concerned about moderate to advanced periodontal disease. If we restore one tooth or area with implants and the teeth around them are diseased the implant may become obsolete in short order.
There are many treatment options and plans when using implants. We can restore one tooth, multiple teeth or, if necessary, entire arches. Implants can be used to support full or partial dentures and fixed bridges.
An ideal candidate for a dental implant has healthy gums and teeth and the affected tooth can't be restored by other means (root canal and crown).
I guide a patient toward a treatment option that I would want for me or my family and this typically will be the best course for my patient as well.
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