If you have damaged or missing teeth, or would simply like to rejuvenate your smile, dental implants could be the solution for you.
Dental implants are one of the fastest, easiest, and most reliable ways to dramatically improve a person’s smile. Dental implants are without a doubt the most secure and realistic tooth replacement option available, but are they right for you? If you are thinking about dental implants to replace missing teeth, there are some things you should consider.
Can anyone with missing teeth get dental implants?
The answer is no, but most people can get dental implants. The people most likely to be advised by a dentist not to get implants are people who have certain health problems that may cause their body to reject the implants. It is also necessary to have a solid bone structure under your gums, which many people who have been without teeth for a long time do not have. However, people who fall into that category may be able to get a type of implant that does not require as much bone.
What different types of dental implants are there?
There are several types of implants. Traditional implants involve one crown (the artificial tooth) attached to one implant. This type of implant can replace one or two teeth, but when several teeth are missing, usually a row of crowns somewhat like a partial denture will be attached to a few implants. All-on-4 implants involve just four implants that hold an entire arch of teeth, upper or lower. Mini-implants are smaller implants that can work with less bone, and implants can even be used to secure removable dentures in place.
How long does it take to get dental implants?
The process of getting dental implants involves several steps. An exam and consultation that includes discussing your health history will allow the dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for implants. If the decision is made to go ahead with the implant procedure, a plan will be laid out so that you will know what is going to happen every step of the way. The actual placement of the implants is a surgical procedure that requires healing time before the crowns can be placed. The overall process can take several months to a year or slightly more, depending on how many of your teeth are being replaced by implants.
What if I have more questions?
You can call our Johnson City office for any questions you have about dental implants, or to set up a consultation appointment. Getting dental implants can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, and we are here to help you every step of the way toward your beautiful and healthy new smile.