Dental Implants From Dentistry by Design In Manhattan KS
Substituting the natural appearance and utility of a lost tooth (or teeth) can be a daunting task, and, while nothing man-made can literally substitute for a God-given tooth, a dental implant is the nearest known solution from current dental choices. Dental implants are an exciting and flexible part of current dental treatment plans. They can be used to restore a single tooth, multiple teeth or your entire upper or lower set of teeth. Dental implants can be utilized as a permanent artificial root to a bridge, a single crown or an entire set of dentures.
Who Might Need Implants?
Athletes Both Young And Old
Sometimes, a student has an accident or injury from sports and damages or loses one or more teeth. Of course, the smart thing to do immediately following the trauma is to locate the tooth, push it back into the empty socket, and start immediately for the dentist’s office. Because the athlete believes that the team needs them, 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)
Quite often, we see a pre-teen who’s permanent smile came in without their eye teeth. To us, it’s a dental problem, but to that kid who is about to be going into high school or just starting college, it’s more importantly a dating issue.
In the past, orthodontists simply moved the teeth together creating a mismatched bite and the potential for chronic headaches and nighttime grinding of the teeth. At Dentistry by Design, we can ask an orthodontist to move the teeth so the spaces actually become larger and then place implants so that young person’s smile not only looks completely normal, the teeth mesh comfortably and the occlusion (bite) is balanced.
Of course, as a policy, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess do not place dental implants in a young person’s mouth until their teeth have completely matured.
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, come to us for help. These patients can’t eat the foods that they really like.
However, by placing a couple of dental implants underneath the denture that attach to the dentures, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Implants are very stable, look good and are very strong. Patients with dental implants can smile, laugh and eat comfortably, not worrying about their denture may slip or click.
Could I Get Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for a dental implant is in good general and oral health. You should also have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. Your jawbone, whether upper or lower, needs to have enough density and volume to securely hold the dental implant. To check that out, we have to determine the density and quantity of the bone. Remember that, in certain cases where bone has diminished because of gum disease, implants may not be possible right away. If you are deficient in bone density and/or quantity in your jaw, this can often be corrected with a bone graft or use of artificial bone to give you enough bone where the implants will be placed.
There are certain illnesses or conditions that could stop you from being a good candidate for dental implants, while other conditions may only stall your implants until the conditions can be addressed. These include:
• Diabetes that is not stabilized
• Radiation therapy
• A disorder of the parathyroid
• Certain blood disorders
• Rare bone disorders
• Cancer of the bone marrow
• Low sinus cavities
If you believe that implants might be the answer for you, obtain the expert advice of Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess to determine if you are a candidate for a dental implant. Be sure to inquire about Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess’s thorough training and experience in regards to dental implants. Dental implant placement is actually oral surgery and you must be certain that Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess tells you about the experience and training for the surgery.