Implants From Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess In Manhattan KS
Substituting the natural function and esthetics of a missing tooth (or teeth) is a tough feat and, while there isn’t anything that can actually replace your God-given tooth, a dental implant is the nearest man-made answer from current dental technology. Dental implants are a nearly miraculous and flexible part of current dental treatment plans. One or more dental implants can be used to take the place of a single tooth, multiple teeth or all of your teeth. A dental implant can be used to anchor 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 finding it hard to maintain good nutrition because they cannot chew many healthy foods, come to Dentistry by Design for help. These people can’t eat the foods that they really like.
But, by placing a couple of dental implants in the jaw bone that solidly secure the dentures, they feel like they have all their natural teeth once more. Implants are solid, look good and have the strength of natural teeth. Patients with dental implants can smile, laugh and eat without fearing that their denture may slide or make noises.
Athletes Both Young And Old
Sometimes, a young person falls victim to an accident or injury while playing a sport and finds that they have lost a tooth. Of course, the smart thing to do immediately following the trauma is to locate the tooth, have the athlete hold the tooth in their mouth if it cannot be replaced in the socket, and quickly head for the dentist’s office. Because the game may seem more important, the dentist often isn’t consulted until the next day.
With modern dentistry, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess can place a dental implant so the virgin teeth on each side don’t have to be ground down for a three-unit bridge.
Teens (And Sometimes Young Adults) Who Are Missing Their Eye Teeth (Canines)
Every now and then, we see a boy or girl who has congenitally-missing canines (eye-teeth). To us, it’s a dental problem, but to that kid who is most likely entering into high school or just leaving for college, it’s first and foremost a self-esteem issue.
Not so long ago, dentists 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). Now, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess can ask an orthodontist to move the teeth so the spaces actually become larger and then place 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 into a young adult’s mouth until their teeth have completely matured.
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). Adequate bone must also be available in your jaw to support the dental implant and hold it securely in place. To check that out, Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess will determine the density and quantity of the bone. Don’t forget that, in some patients where patients have lost bone because of periodontal disease, implants may not be recommended until bone is replenished. If you do not have sufficient bone in your jaw, this most likely will be able to be augmented with bone grafting or by utilizing artificial bone to give you enough bone where the implants will be placed.
There are a few medical factors that could stop you from being a good candidate for dental implants, while other factors might temporarily postpone your implants until they can be fixed. Here is a checklist:
• Uncontrolled diabetes
• Undergoing radiation treatment
• A disorder of the parathyroid
• Some, but not all, blood diseases or conditions
• Rare bone disorders
• Cancer of the bone marrow
• Low sinus cavities
• Uncontrolled osteoporosis
If you think that implants might be right for you, get the professional advice from Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess to find out if you are a good candidate for a tooth implant. Make certain that you ask Drs. Gilsdorf and Guess about their considerable training in implant dentistry. Like other types of oral surgery, dental implant placement takes a certain degree of experience and training that a lot of dentists simply don’t have.