October 3, 2015
Missing teeth can negatively impact patients’ lives and appearance, but the oral health effects of missing teeth are even more damaging. Even one missing tooth can completely misalign the smile creating uneven spacing, large gaps, and putting excessive pressure on certain teeth. These changes to the alignment and function of teeth puts patients at heightened risk for tooth chipping or cracking and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Possibly the most damaging side effect of tooth loss is the deterioration of bone and gum tissue. The loss of bone density and gum tissue changes facial shape, leads to additional tooth loss, and makes it difficult for patients to chew thoroughly or speak clearly, but most tooth replacement options do not address this significant health concern. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps to restore and retain natural bone structure because the tooth is replaced from the root up.
Dental Implant Benefits
In addition to most closely mimicking natural dental structure, the benefits of dental implants over other replacement options include:
- Prosthetics are permanently attached to implant posts for optimal stability and comfort
- Restoration doesn’t rely on surrounding teeth for support
- Versatility of form and function makes implants a great choice for replacing any number of missing teeth
- There is little to no impact on oral hygiene, diet, and speech as the implant retained teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Who is a Good Candidate for Implant Tooth Replacement?
Because it involves the surgical placement of implant posts, not all patients are good candidates for dental implant tooth replacement. The best way to determine whether dental implants will successfully replace missing teeth is to schedule a dental implant consultation with the skilled team at Wilmington Family Dental. Some things to consider before choosing dental implants include:
- Surgical history – Patients who have had difficulty during past surgeries (heavy bleeding, poor response to sedation, difficulty healing) may want to consider alternative tooth replacement options.
- Immune compromising disease – Patients who suffer from any immune compromising diseases including diabetes and HIV/AIDS are not likely to be good candidates for any surgical procedure including dental implant placement. Discuss implants with a medical doctor before considering this tooth replacement procedure.
- Bone density – Patients with insufficient bone density to support an implant were frequently considered poor candidates in the past, but increased predictability and safety of bone augmentation procedures makes it possible for many patients with inadequate bone density to safely and successfully receive dental implants. Those patients with significant bone density loss or who suffer from osteoporosis and other bone density impacting health concerns should still consider other tooth replacement options.
Contact Your Wilmington Dentist Today
Interested in finding out more about dental implants or other tooth replacement options? Contact Wilmington Family Dental today. Our friendly team provides patients optimal comfort and convenience with a relaxing environment and extended night and weekend office hours, Wilmington Family Dental makes it easy to fit superior dentistry into any schedule or lifestyle.
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