In today’s age of modern dentistry, as well as specialized dentistry, there are so many more ways to effectively treat situations and conditions than there were even one or two decades ago. One such example would be when it comes to securely and permanently correcting tooth loss with a fully functioning, high quality dental implant. When a person is in need of new teeth of any kind, whether because they have already lost some or they need one or multiple extractions, it is a situation that will continue to deteriorate at a rapid rate until it is addressed.
The fact is that there are no comparable alternatives which offer the best and most natural looking, as well as strong and durable replacement teeth as do implants. Here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD, our dental health professionals have helped countless patients to get their life back with these restorative appliances.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a tooth replacement system which provides a number of benefits that other, less permanent and less secure options simply cannot offer. Since these devices are usually made from some type of titanium alloy, it is easy to understand why they are much stronger than even your natural teeth. They are replacement teeth which instead of anchoring to other existing teeth or using a partial or full denture, they are secured into a socket placed into the jaw of the patient. This is what makes these teeth so highly functional and enjoyable.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
How many steps are involved in the process of receiving dental implants is determined by the needs and specific situation of each individual patient. For example, if you did not need a tooth extracted because you have already been missing it for a while and you were only having the one placed, then your procedure would almost certainly be quicker and simpler than someone who needed the extraction of multiple teeth for a full set of implants.
Specific aspects of the procedure may include jawbone grafting, when needed, as well as anchor placement, healing and bone growth and abutment placement.
Who Is a Good Candidate for the Procedure?
Anyone who is in need of one or more replacement appliances for their lost, decayed or injured teeth may be interested in looking further into this process. The right type of patient will either have enough jawbone mass to support the anchors which the implants are secured to or they will need to be a good candidate for a jawbone preparation procedure.
Additionally, they will also need to have good overall dental health other than the need for tooth replacement. This means no infections or gum disease, as well as making sure that everything is properly healed following a removal procedure. The process takes multiple visits, but exactly how many varies by patient.
To find out if dental implants are the permanent and effective solution that you have been looking for, get in touch with our team here at Thomas Plunkett, DMD. We can be reached at 863-372-1010. Our oral health restoration experts will make sure that you understand what your options are and how we can help.