Dental Implants Cedar Park, TX
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Are dental implants for me?Dental implants may be right if you:
|•||Are missing one or more teeth.|
|•||Have a mature or fully grown jaw bone.|
|•||Have enough space in your bone to create and secure the implant.|
|•||Have healthy oral tissues.|
Apart from the above mentioned reasons, there are other things to consider while making this choice. If you have preexisting conditions that may affect the healing process or have issues with your bones, then implants may not be right for you. The complete procedure is lengthy and may require a few months to completely heal; you must be willing to commit to the timeframe.
In short, dental implants are a replacement root for the tooth. Usually made of titanium, this post is designed to work as a base or anchor for the missing tooth. The tooth may have been removed or has fallen off due to preexisting oral condition such as decay and gingivitis, or the patient has lost teeth due to some type of accident. Implants are used as the foundation for either a permanent or a removable tooth that is created to match your teeth. Dental implants are unlike bridges and dentures, which were the only options available to people with missing teeth for a long time, the dental implants or posts are surgically placed into the jaw bone and work as a permanent anchor for missing tooth.
Advantages of Implants
|•||Appearance - Dental implants are made to match your original set of teeth, which in turn makes you feel as if you have never suffered any loss of teeth.|
|•||Permanence - Implants are fused with your jaw bones rendering them permanent.|
|•||Comfort & Convenience - Implants are not removable and unlike dentures do not feel like an additional contraption. Also, they save you from the discomfort you may feel while removing the dentures. Removing dentures and using adhesives every time you use them, will become an inconvenience that you will avoid while using implants.|
Also, dentures can become an issue due to their slippery nature and create problems while conducting regular everyday tasks such as eating, as it may slide while you are trying to chew, speaking, as it may slip and make you slur or mumble, and even drinking water. Dental implants are like natural teeth and do not require the use of any added adhesive, making it easy to go about your everyday business and helps to restore your self-confidence and esteem.
|•||Oral Health - While surgically attaching the implants, there is no risk of bone damage, no requirement or need to reduce or reshape surrounding teeth, unlike bridges which need to be supported by other teeth or may cause bone damage. Since none of the other teeth are tampered with, implants are healthier, more hygienic and help to maintain your overall oral health.|
|•||Durable - Implants are very durable and can last for many years. If you take good care of your implants and are serious about your oral health, then it can even last a lifetime.|
The Dental Implant ProcessLike any other surgery, dental implants have a set path or process that your dentist will follow.
|•||First, you will have to go through a thorough examination, which would include dental x-rays so your dentist can check all aspects of your teeth.|
|•||Next, your dentist will create a treatment plan designed especially to suit your condition. Some factors that may be taken into consideration are the number of teeth to be replaced, what condition your jaw bone is in, if you have any other oral condition or issue that may need to be treated. The process may also involve consulting with more doctors or other specializations, which would depend solely on the discretion of your dentist after he evaluates your condition.|
|•||During this phase you must inform your dentist of any other health related issues you suffer from, if you are taking any medication and over the counter drugs that you use. Your dentist may offer antibiotics and other medication prior to surgery if you have conditions such as heart disease, or other orthopedic implants.|
|•||Discuss pain management, during and after the surgery, beforehand. A discussion would help you decide on factors such as anesthesia, whether to use local, sedation or general anesthesia; depending upon the anesthesia option you will then be advised on food options.|
All of these factors, no matter how trivial they seem to you, will need to be discussed and considered in detail by your dentist before they go ahead and schedule a surgery for you. After the procedure is over you will need to maintain an oral care routine and visit your dentist regularly to make sure that your implants last as long as possible.