Dental implants are artificial teeth that replace teeth that are missing. Dental implants are placed into the jaw to hold the replacement(s) in place. Dental implants are used when people have lost teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or other reasons for a tooth to be missing. Not all dentists are capable of doing dental implants – either their offices do not provide the necessary equipment, or they have not received the specialized training to do dental implants. Most people will be sent to a periodontist for the procedure.
The ideal candidate for dental implants is a person who is in good general health and has no major oral health issues. Adequate bone material is needed to support the implants, and the most ideal candidates have healthy gums that are free of any gum disease. Dental implants inserted into the jaw bone and the gum tissue will grow around it. Periodontists are dental experts who specialize in these areas, and they have the training and knowledge needed to make dental implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth.
Dental implants require multiple appointments to the dentist and periodontist to determine where and how they should be placed. Many people who are missing just a single tooth can have it replaced with a single implant. However, for people who have surrounding gum issues of the missing tooth, replacing the teeth on either side of the actual missing tooth is common. As stated before, the dental implant is placed in the bone and will attach to the gum line. Therefore, optimal health of surrounding areas is essential to the success of dental implants.
Your dentist and periodontist will be able to determine the best route to take in order to replace any missing teeth within your mouth.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Virginia Kirkland, North Point Periodontics
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