Dental Implants From Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess In Manhattan KS
Substituting the natural look and function of a lost tooth (or teeth) is a tough job and, while nothing man-made can perfectly fill in for one’s real tooth, an implant is the nearest man-made solution from current dental technology. Dental implants are a nearly miraculous and adaptable part of current dental treatment plans. Dental implants can be used to restore single teeth, a few teeth or your entire upper or lower set of teeth. A dental implant can be used as a solid base to a bridge, a single crown or an entire set of dentures.
Who Might Need Dental Implants?
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Frequently, we see a boy or girl who has congenitally-missing canines (eye-teeth). To us, it’s a dental situation, but to that kid who is about to be transitioning into high school or quite likely starting college, it’s really a self confidence issue.
In the past, many doctors simply moved the teeth together creating a mismatched bite and the potential for temporomandibular joint disorder. At Dentistry by Design, we can open up the spaces even further and then place implants so the resulting smile is not only gorgeous, the teeth function and mesh together as if there were never anything wrong.
Remember, as a policy, we don’t place implants in a teenager’s mouth until they reach the age of 17 – 18 years old,
Athletes Both Young And Old
Often, a student has an accident or sports injury and are suddenly without one or more of their teeth. Of course, the wise move to make when that occurs is to find the tooth, push it back into the empty socket, and start immediately for the dentist’s office. Because there’s a certain pride in playing on, broken tooth and all, the logic doesn’t stand a chance against the emotion of the gme.
Thank goodness, instead of putting in a bridge, which requires grinding down the teeth on each side of the missing tooth, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess can install a dental implant.
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Seniors, or often middle-aged adults, who have lost all of their teeth and who have dentures and are unable to chew, turn to Dentistry by Design for answers. These patients cannot eat many of their favorite foods anymore.
However, by placing just a few implants in their jaws that attach to the dentures, it’s like they have all their teeth back again. Implants are secure, look like real teeth and are extremely durable. Denture wearers who have dental implants can smile, laugh and eat without fear of embarrassment that their dentures may slip or click or that their bridge will trap food.
Could I Get Dental Implants?
The best candidates for dental implants have good oral health and are also healthy over all. Your gum tissue must be healthy and you shouldn’t have periodontal disease (gum disease). Your jawbone, whether upper or lower, needs to have enough density and volume to securely hold the dental implant. To find out if you do, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess will evaluate your bone quantity and the density of that bone. Keep in mind that, in a few cases where bone loss has occurred due to gum disease, implants may not be recommended until bone is replenished. If you do not have sufficient bone in your jaw, this can often be corrected with a graft of bone or by placement of artificial bone to bring bone levels up to standard.
There are a couple of red flags that may prohibit you from electing to have dental implants, while other conditions will probably only stall your implants until those issues have been addressed. Some of these may include:
• Diabetes that is not stabilized
• Currently receiving chemotherapy
• Radiation therapy
• A disorder of the parathyroid
• Disorders of the blood
• Bone disorders
• Bone marrow cancer
• Low sinus cavities
• Uncontrolled osteoporosis
If you have decided that implants might be the answer for you, obtain the expert advice from Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess to find out if you’re a good candidate for a dental implant. Be sure you ask about Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess’s thorough training and experience with regards to dental implants. Like other types of oral surgery, putting in dental implants takes a certain amount of experience and training that a lot of dental practitioners just don’t have.