Implants From Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess In Manhattan KS
Substituting the natural presentation and utility of a missing tooth (or teeth) is a tough assignment and, while there isn’t anything that can truly fill in for your God-given tooth, a dental implant is the nearest man-made solution from modern dentistry. Dental implants are an exceptional and versatile part of modern dental treatment plans. One or more dental implants can be used to restore single teeth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. They can be utilized to anchor a bridge, a single crown or an entire set of dentures.
Who Might Need Implants?
Athletes Both Young And Old
Occasionally, 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, have the athlete hold the tooth in their mouth if it cannot be replaced in the socket, and start immediately for the dentist’s office. Because the athlete believes that the team needs them, the dentist often isn’t consulted until the next day.
Now, 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.
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Quite often, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess sees a boy or girl who’s permanent smile came in without their eye teeth. To Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess, it’s a dental condition, but to our patient who is most likely going into high school or maybe graduating high school, it’s definitely an embarrassment issue.
In the past, dentists 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 the resulting smile is not only gorgeous, the teeth mesh comfortably and the occlusion (bite) is balanced.
Of course, as a policy, we don’t place dental implants in a teenager’s mouth until their teeth have completely matured.
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, can be almost desperate for a solution. These patients can’t eat the foods that they really like.
But, by using a couple of dental implants in their jaws that solidly secure the dentures, it’s as if you give them all of their own natural teeth back again. Implants are very stable, look good and are extremely durable. Those who get dental implants are able to 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?
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. 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 assess the bone density and quantity. Keep in mind that, in some patients where bone has diminished because of periodontal (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 bone grafting or use of artificial bone to give you enough bone where the implants will be placed.
There are certain red flags that might block you from electing to have dental implants, while other conditions may cause a short delay in getting your implants until the conditions can be resolved. These include:
• Undergoing chemotherapy treatment
• Currently receiving radiation
• Parathyroid disorders
• Disorders of the blood
• Rare bone disorders
• Bone marrow cancer
• Sinus cavities that descend into the upper jaw
• Uncontrolled osteoporosis
If you have decided that implants might be the answer for you, get the qualified advice from Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess to find out if you’re a candidate for a dental implant. Ensure that you ask Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess about their considerable training in implant dentistry. Dental implant placement is in fact oral surgery and you will need to make certain that Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess makes you feel comfortable with their training and experience for this surgery.