There is little doubt that dental implants are a wonderful invention and they have already helped many adults worldwide. Unfortunately tooth loss is an extremely common condition and dental implants are by far the best solution. One of the reasons why they are so good is the way they are able to place an entire tooth structure, as the implant post closely mimics a natural tooth root right down to replicating one of its most important functions which is to preserve the jawbone.
However quite a few people may be concerned about having dental implants and will be worried about the surgical procedure required or whether they are even suitable for treatment. One of the things worth stressing is that the surgical procedure to insert a single dental implant is extremely quick and your entire appointment is likely to take around an hour. They can also be completed under local anesthetic although oral sedation options are available for anyone who is a little nervous or who requires multiple dental implants to be inserted at the same time. The good news is that most people will be suitable for treatment but there are a few things that need to be taken into account and which include:
The Health of Your Jawbone
One of the problems with losing natural teeth is that your jawbone will soon begin to reabsorb and the bony ridge that used to hold your teeth will become narrower and flatter. This can be an issue for dental implants as they need to be adequately supported within the jawbone and must be surrounded by several millimeters of healthy bone. When you visit Midtown Dental in NYC then one of the first things we will want to do is to assess your jawbone. If you have insufficient bone for dental implants then it isn’t a huge problem as often the bone can be replaced using the very latest bone graft techniques.
Your Overall Health
Our periodontists will also need to know about your general health and this is because of the small surgical procedure required for dental implants. Once the implant is inserted into your jawbone it has to be left to heal and there are certain medical conditions that can slow down healing and which may affect the overall success of treatment. Other things that can impact the success of your dental implant treatment include using alcohol to excess or smoking.
Your Dental Health
Before implant treatment can begin, you do need to be in reasonable dental health and you mustn’t have any signs of active periodontal disease. If you do have any issues with periodontal disease then our periodontists can prescribe the most suitable treatments to restore gum health before you have your implants. If you clench or grind your teeth, then we will also need to treat this condition before you can have dental implants as the excessive forces created during this habit can placed too much stress on implants.
Are You Prepared to Look after Your Dental Implants?
Dental implant treatment isn’t a quick fix and it’s certainly not the cheapest option but it is long-lasting and can provide wonderful results. In order to get the very most out of your dental implant treatment it’s important that you are committed to maintaining excellent dental health which includes twice daily oral hygiene and regular checkups and professional cleanings at our office.
If you’re interested in discovering if dental implants are right for you, why not give us a call to book your FREE consultation.