If you have suffered severe dental trauma or are experiencing tooth decay, you may be a candidate for single tooth or multiple tooth dental implants. Dental implants can restore your smile as well as boost your confidence. They can also allow you to enjoy the foods you love and improve your facial structure.
If you think you may need dental implants to replace your missing teeth, Dr. Higbee and our team at Higbee Family Dentistry can help!
Why Should You Consider Dental Implants?
Multiple tooth implants can be beneficial if you have experienced dental trauma that resulted in the loss or severe damage of multiple teeth. Failing to replace these teeth can hinder your quality of life. Missing multiple teeth can make it more difficult to chew or speak. It can also cause premature loss of bone density in your jawbone.
Another reason that you may need dental implants is if severe tooth decay is present in multiple teeth. Decayed teeth cannot always be restored and must sometimes be extracted. This is done to prevent you from experiencing unnecessary discomfort and make way for dental implants. Leaving severely decayed teeth in place could also put you at risk for infections.
How Long Does a Dental Implant Procedure Take?
The dental implant procedure will involve multiple visits to our office, spread out over several weeks or months. Your initial visit to our dental office will involve an in-depth dental exam. This visit will include imaging that will be utilized to create your dental implants. Our team will discuss the specifics of your case with you during this visit and answer any questions you may have.
During your second visit, your damaged teeth will be extracted. You will receive several stitches as part of this procedure. Our dental professionals will also prescribe medications for you in order to prevent infection and relieve pain. The next visit will be in several weeks to allow your mouth time to heal.
If your jawbone is not adequate to support the posts, a bone graft will be required. Our team will inform you of this after conducting imaging scans during the initial appointment. You will need several weeks to heal after the bone graft before the placement of your dental implant posts.
After your mouth has healed from the extraction procedure, you will return for the implant procedure. During this visit, our team will install the posts into your jawbone. You will be given several weeks or months to recover. This recovery time will also allow the bone to grow and heal around the implant posts.
Your final visit will involve the placement of the artificial teeth onto the posts. Our team will install the teeth for you and ensure that they are properly adjusted for maximum comfort and function. They will also review proper cleaning and care procedures with you to make sure you get the most out of your new smile.
How Long Do Dental Implants Last?
The life of dental implants is dependent on how well you care for them and the scheduling of regular dental exams. Your dental implants will last approximately 10 to 15 years with proper care. The posts will last for the rest of your life.
Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Discover whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants with our team here at Higbee Family Dentistry. Our team of professionals is highly skilled in this area of dentistry and will go through all of the available options with you as to which dental implant procedures you may benefit from.
Many people benefit from having dental implants and their use is becoming more common. However, there are some circumstances when dental implants may not be the best option. However, every case is taken on its own merits so even if you are included in one of these categories it does not necessarily mean you will never be able to have dental implants.
Oral and Overall Health
Having good health is essential for dental implant treatment. Some chronic diseases may present difficulties for the placement of dental implants. For example, individuals with diabetes tend to be susceptible to gum disease because dry mouth is a symptom of the disorder. There is a similar condition to gum disease that affects dental implants, called peri-implantitis and people with diabetes are likely to have a propensity to this disease too. It can lead to the failure of an implant so it will have to be removed.
Bone loss is a major problem for people who want dental implants. For many people who lose their teeth, the cause is periodontal (gum) disease. In advanced periodontal disease, the gums, tooth ligaments, and bone are destroyed so the tooth falls out. If a tooth is missing because of bone loss, it stands to reason there is not enough bone available to hold a dental implant either.
This is a problem for many people, but there is a solution in the form of bone grafts. It is not as scary as it sounds and is a common dental procedure performed to increase the amount of bone in the jaw so that a dental implant is viable after the bone graft.
People who smoke are not good candidates for dental implants. The toxins in cigarette smoke compromise the soft tissues in the mouth greatly and contribute to gum disease and bone loss. Failure of dental implants is much greater in people who smoke, compared to non-smokers.
Schedule an Appointment for Dental Implants
Do not allow your confidence and quality of life to suffer any longer due to missing teeth. Our professional team at Higbee Family Dentistry can give you a perfect smile with high-quality dental implants. Have a consultation with someone who knows whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Schedule an appointment with us at Higbee Family Dentistry by calling (541) 342-1187 today!
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