Dental Implants From Dentistry by Design In Manhattan KS
Substituting the natural appearance and utility of a lost tooth (or teeth) can be a tough feat, and, while no dental restoration can 100% fill in for a natural tooth, a dental implant is the most similar known answer from today’s dental options. Dental implants are an exceptional and flexible part of today’s dental treatment plans. Dental implants can be used to take the place of single teeth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth – top and/or bottom. Dental implants can be used as a solid base to crowns, bridges or removable dentures.
Who Needs 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, come to Dentistry by Design for help. These people find it impossible to chew lots of their old favorite foods.
But then, by placing two or three implants underneath the denture that attach to the dentures, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Dental implants are very stable, look good and have the strength of natural teeth. Patients with dental implants are able to smile, laugh and eat comfortably, not worrying about their denture may slide or make noises or that their bridge will trap food.
Athletes Both Young And Old
It isn’t odd that a high school student has an accident or injury from sports 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 quickly head for the dentist’s office. Because there’s a certain pride in playing on, broken tooth and all, the dentist often isn’t consulted until the next day.
Now, 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)
Every now and then, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess have an appointment with a pre-teen who has congenitally-missing canines (eye-teeth). To us, it’s a dental problem, but to our patient who is about to be moving into high school or quite likely leaving for college, it’s definitely an appearance brick wall.
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 ask an orthodontist to move the teeth so the spaces actually become larger and then place dental implants so the smile is not only beautiful, the teeth function and mesh together as if there were never anything wrong.
Of course, as a rule of thumb, we don’t place implants in a teenager’s mouth until their teeth have completely matured.
Am I A Candidate For Implantation Dentistry?
The best candidates for dental implants have good oral health and are also healthy over all. You should also have healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease. You’ll need strong bones to securely anchor the dental implants. To determine this, we have to gauge the density and quantity of the bone. Don’t forget that, in a few cases where patients have lost bone because of periodontal (gum) disease, dental implants might not be appropriate immediately. If you are lacking in bone quantity, in your jaw, this can often be corrected with a bone graft or through the use of artificial bone to give you enough bone where the implants will be placed.
There are specific red flags that might block you from electing to have dental implants, while other factors may temporarily postpone your dental implants until they are successfully fixed. These include:
• Diabetes that is not stabilized
• Currently receiving radiation
• A disorder of the parathyroid
• Certain blood disorders
• Rare bone disorders
• Cancer of the bone marrow
• Enlarged sinus cavity or cavities
If you believe that dental implants might be right for you, obtain the qualified advice from Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess to find out if you’re a candidate for a tooth implant. Be sure to ask about Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess’s thorough schooling and experience in the case of tooth implants. Dental implant placement is actually oral surgery and you will need to be certain that Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess tells you about the training and experience for the procedure.