Posts for: September, 2016
We know, everyone wants to have a smile they can take pride in. Sadly, not everyone has perfect teeth and have been told alternatives are out of reach. However, there may be hope for you with dental implants! Dental implants give people a great set of teeth and beautiful smile. Dr. Florian has some information for you to determine if you are a candidate for dental implants or not!
The first thing to consider when thinking about dental implants are your gums and jaw bone. If your gums and jaw bone are not healthy enough to undergo the procedure, you will be unable to have dental implants. The best way to determine the health of your gums and jaw bone is to consult your periodontist. If it is found that your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough, you are more than likely a candidate for dental implants. However, below is a list of people who may not be suited:
- Those who are still growing, or minors.
- Women who are pregnant.
- Those who are heavy smokers.
- Those who have diseases like diabetes, heart conditions, immune deficiencies, and more!
If you are a candidate, and choose to undergo implant therapy, your procedure will be performed by an oral surgeon - like a periodontist, who will work with your dentist. Initially, your dentist or his staff will do x-rays and other evaluations in order to determine the best course of action.
After this step, your oral surgeon will place the implants and the healing process will begin. After you implants have healed enough, your new teeth will be placed. The process of receiving dental implants can take six months or more for proper healing and to ensure the procedure was a success. It is important to brush, floss, and use mouthwash in order to maintain proper oral health.
If you ask anyone, they will tell you that they want a beautiful smile full of healthy teeth. Some people have been told that this is out of reach, and that their teeth are too damaged to be fixed. However, this is not true! Dental implants offers almost everyone an opportunity to have a beautiful smile.
If you desire to have a beautiful smile, and think implants are for you - there is some information you need to know first. Dr. Florian wants you to understand that it is imperative that your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. This is because your jaw bone and gums are the anchors for your new teeth. If you want to determine if your gums and jaw bone are healthy enough to withstand the procedure please contact Dr. Florian today!
Another bit of information that is important regarding dental implants is the two types of implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants are in the bone and use screws or blades that secure into your jaw bone. Each of these endosteal implants will hold several teeth in place and are a good option for people who wear dentures.
Subperiosteal implants are designed for patients who do not have sufficient jaw bone for endosteal implants. Subperiosteal implants are on the bone, and use metal wiring and your existing gum to secure your dentures.
Lastly, Dr. Florian wants you to know that the dental implant process usually requires the work of a dentist and periodontist. The process is several steps, including:
Tooth replacement - You may need one or more teeth replaced or restored. A dental crown or other restoration option may be required in order to strengthen your teeth enough to support your implant, dentures, or a dental bridge.
Sinus augmentation - Your bone mass will me maximized by elevating your sinus floor.
Ridge modification - Your gum line is elevated for a couple of reasons including to better use a bone substitute and to help develop your jaw bone.
After your procedure is complete it is important to maintain routine checkups. Along with these checkups, you need to develop healthy hygiene habits at home.