- When eating foods do your dentures shift and click so that it is uncomfortable?
- Have you ever been public speaking and had issues where your bridge or denture was shifting and making it uncomfortable to speak?
- Do you wish you could eat more steak and comfortably bite into an apple without fear of your denture becoming loose.
- Are you embarassed to smile?
- Have you been experiencing bone loss or gum recession since wearing dentures or having a dental bridge?
- Have your dentures ever cracked or made it uncomfortable to fit.
- Do you feel like you've lost the smile you had when you had your natural teeth?
Benefits of Dental Implants
Appearance - dental implants look far more esthetic as they are situated in to the structure of your bone and will prevent bone loss and further gum recession. The implants look and act more like your natural teeth as compared to loose fitting dentures and ill fitting bridgework. Increased Confidence and Self Esteem- Lets face it those pastes and denture powders can be a pain to have to use on a daily basis. Think about it, have you ever been somewhere where you forgot your denture paste and had to make a last minute trip to the pharmacy. With dental implants you no longer have to worry about your dentures slipping and cracking while eating or speaking. The look and act like your natural teeth and are secure.
success rates for dental implants are very high and the longevity of a implant restoration can be a lifetime. Of course good oral health, healthy gum tissue and good bone structure help increase the effectiveness.
Who is not a Candidate for Dental Implants?
The ideal candidate for dental implant surgery possesses good general and oral health. Candidates should also have sufficient bone in the jaw in order to support the implant.
Some medical factors limit a person’s chance of being a good candidate for dental implants. These factors include:
- Uncontrolled Diabetes
- Chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Parathyroid disorders
- Blood disorders
- Bone marrow cancer
Those who are able to receive regular dental care can successfully use dental implants. Those who fail to possess sufficient bone may receive bone grafting procedures. Grafting procedures consist of substituting missing bone in the jaw with bone material from the patient’s body or an artificial or synthetic replacement. This grafting procedure may also aid the body to re-grow lost bone. The ideal site for the extra bone material stems from the patient’s own body, with the hip as the most common area. In severe cases, however, bone material can come from the patient’s mouth. In some cases, factors from the patient’s blood can encourage bone formation in the grafted areas.