Dental Implants From Dentistry by Design In Manhattan KS
Replicating the natural look and function of a lost tooth (or teeth) is a daunting feat and, while no dental restoration can truly substitute for one’s God-given tooth, a dental implant is the nearest man-made solution from current dental choices. Dental implants are an important and versatile part of current dental treatment plans. They can be used to restore one tooth, several teeth or all of your teeth – top and/or bottom. A dental implant can be used as a solid base to crowns, bridges or removable dentures.
Who Can Benefit From Dental Implants?
People With Loose Dentures Or Partials
Patients who are edentulous (all of their teeth are missing) and who have dentures and are unable to chew, arrive at our practice seeking help. They can’t eat the foods that they really like.
But then, by placing two or three dental implants in their jaws that anchor their dentures in place, it’s as if you give them all of their own natural teeth back again. Dental implants are very stable, look good and are very strong. When someone gets dental implants, they can smile, laugh and eat comfortably, not worrying about their dentures may slide or make noises or something even more embarrassing.
Athletes Both Young And Old
Sometimes, a young person experiences an accident or injury while playing a sport and finds that they have lost a tooth. Of course, the dentist will tell you to retrieve the tooth, put the tooth under the athlete’s tongue if it’s been cracked off, and find the nearest on-call emergency dentist. Sadly enough, the dentist may not be seen until it’s too late to save the natural tooth.
Thank goodness, instead of putting in a bridge that may need to be replaced in a few years, we can place a dental implant that could last from twenty years to as long as their entire lifetime.
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Frequently, we see a boy or girl who’s permanent smile came in without their eye teeth. To us, it’s a dental condition, but to our patient who is most likely transitioning into high school or quite likely graduating high school, it’s really a self-esteem challenge.
In the past, orthodontists ignored the situation which not only caused the teen untold social embarrassment but also left them with a mismatched bite and the potential for a life of headaches and nighttime bruxism (grinding of their teeth). In modern dentistry, we can use braces to widen the spaces and then place dental implants so the smile is not only beautiful, the teeth mesh comfortably and the occlusion (bite) is balanced.
It should be noted, as a policy, Dentistry by Design will not place dental implants in a young person’s mouth until they reach the age of 17 – 18 years old,
Could I Get Dental Implants?
If you are in good health, both in your mouth and in your body, you are probably a good candidate. You cannot have gum disease or any other compromising infection or condition in your mouth. Adequate bone must also be available in your jaw to support the dental implant and hold it securely in place. To find out if you do, we have to determine your bone density and quantity. It should be noted that, in a few cases where bone has diminished because of gum disease, dental implants may not be possible right away. If you do not have sufficient bone in your jaw, this can be addressed with bone grafting or by placement of artificial bone to bring bone levels up to standard.
There are certain medical factors that might block you from getting dental implants, while other factors may simply slow down your dental implants until those issues have been dealt with. Some of these may include:
• Diabetes that is not stabilized
• Radiation therapy
• A disorder of the parathyroid
• Disorders of the blood
• Rare bone disorders
• Cancer of the bone marrow
• Sinus cavities that descend into the upper jaw
• Chronic bone density issues
To check if you’re a good candidate for a tooth implant, you need to speak with Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess. You should inquire about Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess’s thorough schooling and experience in the case of tooth implants. Like other kinds of oral surgery, putting in dental implants requires a certain degree of experience and training that many dental practitioners simply do not have.