With advancements in techniques and materials, dental implants have become an optimal tooth replacement option for many people. However, a consultation with a dentist is required to determine if someone is a good candidate for dental implants. Factors considered include bone density, medical history and related health issues, periodontal or gum health, and other factors.
Dental implant placement has become a very common procedure and placement is often completed in just one office visit. The post-procedure impacts of dental implant placement can include some pain and swelling at the implant site, which usually resolves within a few days.
With proper home care and regular checkup visits, a successful dental implant can last you for the rest of your life. If you have crowns, bridges or dentures that accompany your dental implants, you may need to replace these periodically, as they are subject to the same or more wear and tear as teeth. Dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option because they can help slow and even stop bone loss in the jaw that is normally associated with tooth loss, which means you are more likely to keep your whole smile for life!
Is it necessary to go through the trouble to replace the tooth with an implant or pursue another option such as a bridge, if it isn’t visible, and it isn’t bothering me? When we are missing a tooth (or teeth), the teeth around it bear the additional stress of chewing. This can result in cracking, or other stress which can contribute to dental caries. Many people who are missing one or more back teeth actually compensate by chewing on only one side. That can cause TMJ issues, and will cause the other side of the jaw (bone and muscle) to weaken. Our jaw bone is kept strong and dense by chewing (like exercising). One missing tooth can eventually cause weakening of the bone and connective tissue, affecting the teeth around it. Implants function in the same way as a tooth, by fusing with the bone – a process called osseointegration. This keeps the bone strong and healthy – and increases the likelihood of being able to keep the rest of the teeth healthy and intact. Each person is different – variations in bone density and other factors can impact our overall oral health. One of the biggest factors that can influence dental implant success is time. If you are missing a tooth or teeth, a conversation with a dentist – sooner, rather than later – can provide you with a lot more information regarding your individual oral health, and can help you review the potential benefits versus concerns you may have.
Implant in a day is when a temporary crown is placed directly over an implant the same day it has been placed. Implant in a day is an option for some patients, and depends on what tooth the implant is replacing, and a variety of other factors considered during an implant consultation. Implant in a day is a good option for patients having implants placed where the tooth is visible, so there is no temporary change in their smile while the implant heals.