How Dental Implants Are Changing Lives

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Today’s modern dentistry offers huge advantages over the dentistry that was offered just a few decades ago. Perhaps most notable of all is something known as a dental implant. This is nothing more than a small post that is made of titanium that is then surgically inserted directly into the jawbone. This is an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. Once an implant has been placed, the surrounding bone is allowed to heal for several months. During the healing process, the bone will actually fuse or bond to the titanium post or screw that has been implanted. The implant itself is the actual titanium post that is placed directly into the patient’s jawbone. It is important to note that not all patients are good candidates for dental implants.

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Overall Current Dental Condition

A surgeon must first determine if a patient is a good fit for a dental implant based upon an initial consultation and an oral examination. A thorough review of the patient’s medical and dental history can help the dental care provider better evaluate the patient’s overall current dental health. It is important to note that some patients may not have the ideal dental health needed for placing dental implants. For example, there may be some patients who have experienced high levels of bone loss. This simply means that they do not have enough bone mass for the implant to be placed properly and securely. One option to consider when this is the case is something known as bone grafting.

Several Key Considerations

Talk with your dental care provider to learn more about the advantages and benefits of bone grafting. The good news is that those who are indeed good candidates for dental implants can have the procedure done in a fast and effective way. In most cases your dental surgeon will work with your general dental care provider to ensure the most favorable outcome. There are several key considerations that must be taken into account including tooth extraction, bone grafting and the implant surgery itself. In addition, your dental care provider will need to fabricate a temporary and permanent prosthesis or what is known as a bridge, denture or crown. Because each patient is unique and different, every case will call for different protocols.

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Quality of Life

Dental implants are a popular choice today simply because they improve a patient’s smile and overall quality of life. When multiple teeth have been lost, dental implants can greatly improve life in general. This includes everything from general aesthetics to functionality and maintaining better oral hygiene through improved bone mass retention. With so much to offer it is clear to see why dental implants have become so popular in recent days. Those wishing to avoid traditional dentures are now increasingly turning to dental implants as a viable option. Keep in mind that dentures can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. Contact your Pinole dentists, Azadeh Hosseini, DDS and Ghazal Hosseini, DDS at Top Pinole Dental to learn more about the many benefits of modern dental implants.

References:
[1] Multiple Missing Teeth and Dental Implant Options
[2] Senior Citizens and Dental Implants

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