A dental implant is an artificial tooth root secured into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge, or denture in place. At Homan Family Dentistry, we use implants made from titanium, a biocompatible material that will fuse with the bone and help prevent bone loss in the jaw. Titanium is also solid and durable, making it ideal for artificial tooth roots.
Once the implant is in place following a minor surgical procedure, an abutment may be required to attach the restoration to the implant. Then, the tooth replacement will be attached to the implant. This tooth replacement could be a crown, a bridge, or a complete denture. Implants are the best way to restore your smile’s function and beauty after tooth loss.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a modern alternative to dentures and other tooth replacement options and work for most patients. Typically, ideal implant candidates are patients with good dental health and sufficient bone in their jaw to support an implant post. Good candidates for the procedure should also have healthy gums.
If you have dental issues keeping you from getting an implant, our dentist may recommend you undergo other procedures to prepare your jawbone for the procedure. However, patients with certain health conditions may not be suitable candidates. For example, smoking and heavy drinking can exacerbate gum disease and cause peri-implantitis, destroying an implant post and the surrounding gum tissue.
Additionally, uncontrolled diabetes can lead to dry mouth, a significant risk factor for dental implant failure. Therefore, patients must be thoroughly evaluated by the dentist to determine their candidacy for implants before moving forward. If a patient is not a good candidate for implants, the dentist can recommend alternative restorations or procedures to restore their smile.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Your smile will remain beautiful and functional for years to come. Unlike dentures, which need to be replaced every ten years or so, your dental implants can last a lifetime if properly cared for and maintained.
Missing teeth can affect your speech. Although patients with traditional dentures can speak clearly, an ill-fitting denture may move when you talk, which can cause you to slur your words. With dental implants, you will no longer have to worry about this embarrassment.
Studies have shown that people with tooth loss tend to suffer from low self-esteem. Dental implants can help improve your confidence by giving you a beautiful smile. You will proudly show off your new smile and talk with others without hesitation.
Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth, so you can eat the foods you love and smile without discomfort or embarrassment. To discover the benefits of dental implants, visit Homan Family Dentistry at 11840 NICHOLAS ST., STE. 210, Omaha, NE 68154, or call (402) 498-0400.