Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are fixed permanently in the mouth, acting just like your natural teeth. Receiving dental implants is a more involved process than replacing a tooth with dentures or a bridge, so talk to your dentist about whether this restorative option is right for you.
Evaluating Dental Health
To receive a dental implant, you must have good general oral health and be free of gum disease. This is necessary because gum disease destroys the connective tissues holding your teeth in your jaws, which can affect the success of your implant. If you have gum disease or other dental health conditions but want to receive a dental implant, your dentist will focus on restoring good dental health before the implant process begins.
Evaluating Bone Density
During a dental implant procedure, your dentist will place the implant post into the bone of your jaw. If you have suffered damage to the jaw or bone deterioration in the area of the missing tooth, an implant may not be successful without also performing a bone graft procedure. Your dentist will evaluate your jaw bone density to determine whether you have sufficient bone to support an implant or whether a graft is necessary.
While the initial financial and time cost of dental implants is higher than that for bridges or dentures, your implants will never need to be replaced. Dentures and bridges, however, wear out over time and must be replaced every 10-15 years, requiring additional dental visits, fittings, and costs. Dental implants can be an ideal solution for those who want a single tooth replacement option that will last a lifetime.
Robert C. Brei, DDS offers dental implants, bridges, and crowns as part of his full mouth rehabilitation services in Tucson. Restoring the appearance and health of your teeth can make you look younger, return your ability to eat all the foods you love, and even improve your general health. Call our Tucson dental office at (520) 325-9000 or visit our website to learn about the state-of-the-art procedures and technology we offer.