Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants
West Linn, OR
If you are looking to replace your teeth, dental implants can be an excellent choice. Implants not only have a long lifespan and can last a lifetime, but they also stimulate your jawbone and thus prevent bone loss. Alternative treatment options, like partial dentures and dental bridges do not provide this benefit and so your jaw may weaken further after tooth loss. At ZenTech Dentistry, we will provide you with more information on whether dental implants are ideal for you.
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
For you to be considered for a dental implant, your oral health as well as overall health should be good, and your gum tissues should be healthy. The bone density in your jawbone should also be sufficient to support the implant. If you have suffered bone loss, that doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from being an implant candidate. Thanks to advances in bone reconstruction techniques, you can successfully get a dental implant. Your dentist will consider your needs and help you make a choice on the teeth replacement procedure that suits you.
Why Does Bone Loss Occur After You’ve Lost a Tooth?
Your jawbone needs stimulation, like all bones and tissues in your body, for it to remain strong and healthy. The roots of your teeth help stimulate the jawbone by transmitting the pressure of daily activities like chewing. Once you have lost a tooth and its root, there is no longer force and pressure being transmitted, which leads to jawbone resorption. Consequently, the bone around where the root stood slowly weakens and deteriorates.
How Implants Prevent Bone Loss
Dental implants function like the roots of a lost tooth. A dental implant is placed in your jawbone and gum. Once you have healed, it transmits the pressure of daily biting and chewing, into the bone. This stimulates the jawbone and thus prevents bone loss.
What are the Benefits of All-On-6 Implants?
All-on-6 or full dental implants are great teeth replacement solutions if your jawbone structure can support it. A full dental implant is a permanent teeth solution that relies on six dental implants. The implants provide support to an overdenture or bridge. With a full dental implant, you can eat like you would with natural teeth. It’s a lifelong and permanent solution that eliminates the need for removable partial dentures. Cleaning and home maintenance is also easy, and it completely restores your smile.
All-on-6 dental implants are recommended for patients with a full arch of missing teeth. It also suits patients with some missing teeth who want to replace the existing teeth by getting a full arch dental implant. A full dental implant is a permanent and stable alternative to standard dentures.
How to Care for Dental Implants
After the procedure, you may need to visit your dentist often, particularly in the first three months following implant placement. Once the implants have stabilized, you will likely only need to visit your dentist twice annually for check-up and cleanings. Be sure to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily. For more information on dental implants as well as your overall oral health, call ZenTech Dentistry at (503) 765-9699 today.