Dental implants are an incredibly strong, stable, and long-lasting solution to replace missing teeth.
The implants are “man-made” roots composed of primarily titanium, a biocompatible metal that fuses to your jaw bone.
The implants do not become loose like dentures can. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or many missing teeth. Depending on your situation the implant specialist and the dentist will work together to find the best solution for you.
The health of the gums and bone are important considerations when determining if you are a candidate for dental implants.
If the bone is not strong enough to support the implant, the implant specialist will need to do a bone graft to make the bone stronger.
For the upper teeth the implant specialist will need to evaluate your sinus. A sinus lift may be required in order to create enough space for the implant in the bone.
Most dental implants are extremely successful with proper planning and teamwork.
An important factor in implant planning to consider is the general health of the patient. If a patient is a heavy smoker, has a history of osteoporosis or a health problem that compromises the immune system, then implants may not be a good solution. To find out if you are the right candidate for dental implants, talk with your general dentist. He or she will be able to steer you in the right direction.
If you are interested in dental implants or already have them it is very important to:
- Exercise good oral hygiene– brushing your teeth two times a day and flossing one time each day is important. Other tools include using proxy brushes that slide in between the teeth can help to clean the hard to reach areas around your teeth and implants.
- Stop smoking – this is a key factor in implant failure. When you smoke you are weakening the jaw bone and this can cause the implant to fail.
- See your dentist regularly for checkups– it is important to see your dentist and dental hygienist for checkups and cleanings minimally every six months. This ensures you will keep your teeth, gums, and implants in good condition and they can give you tips to keep it this way.
- Avoid bad oral habits – habits like nail biting and chewing on ice cubes are not good for your teeth or implants. These habits can break the implant crown and even your natural teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about if dental implants are the right solution for you give us a call at 215.568.6222 so we can schedule your free consultation with Dr. Cirka and Dr. Meier today. We look forward to meeting you!