Candidates for Dental Implants
Dental implants are the ideal method for replacing lost teeth. This is because they restore oral function for an incredibly long time. Not all patients are a good fit for dental implants, however. Some patients with a history of advanced gum disease or other health conditions will benefit from another tooth replacement method. Those who have lost bone density or those with sparse/thin bone in the jaw may require grafting procedures prior to implantation so that dental implants can stabilize properly. There are procedures and treatments that can increase a person’s candidacy for dental implants. It is best to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon to determine the best course of action. A consultation is a great opportunity to learn more about our practice and ask questions about your treatment.
The Uniqueness of Dental Implants
Dental implants present unique advantages to other tooth replacement options. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement method available that addresses the loss of a tooth’s root. This is done by embedding a titanium implant directly into the jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that the body will generate new bone to literally fuse to the titanium component – locking it in place. The process of bone fusing to the implant is what makes it a stable replacement for lost teeth. Once it is stable, it can hold a dental crown or bridge.
If you want to learn more about dental implants, call us today at Central Oklahoma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to reserve a consultation.