Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements used to replace a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry, though it also is a form of cosmetic dentistry.
By replacing missing tooth roots, implants offer more than an esthetic enhancement, providing people with the strength and durability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Although you have a number of restorative options for the treatment of missing teeth, none have proven to be as functionally effective and durable as implants.
In many cases, dental implants may be the only logical choice for the restoration of all necessary functionality of the teeth and supporting structures.
People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits and this can lead to secondary health problems like malnutrition. Regardless of the nature of problems related to tooth loss, dental implants may provide a simple remedy with proven results.
To determine if implants are right for you, a consultation with Dr. Fisher is needed. During this appointment, Dr. Fisher will conduct a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This may involve a combination of X-rays and computer tomography scans (CT scans) to ensure that sufficient bone structure exists for placing the implant(s), and to determine the exact location the implant should be placed.
Based on the condition of your oral tissues, oral hygiene and personal habits, and your commitment to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions, you will be advised of your most appropriate dental implant treatment plan. Some patients with insufficient bone or gum tissue require bone or soft tissue grafts, and/or the use of small diameter implants (also called mini implants). Your treatment plan could involve the immediate placement of an implant and restoration at the same appointment, or require separate procedures to place the implant, allow healing and then place the restoration.
Implants are considered to be the current standard of care for tooth replacement. In some instances, a series of procedures may be required to place tissue and bone grafting materials, allow time for healing, place the implant and allow it to integrate with your bone, and then place the restoration. Depending on your situation, Dr. Fisher will advise you of how long the entire treatment process will take, how many appointments will be necessary and what you can expect after each procedure.
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