Are you happy with your smile? Are there some improvements you would like to make? When natural teeth can be kept and repaired, they should be, however, dental implants are a good choice when there is significant damage or decay.
When thinking about dental implants, you should ask yourself, and your dentist, a few questions. Do I have missing teeth, even just one? Is my jawbone fully grown? Does my jaw have enough bone to secure implants? Your Richmond Hill dentist should also know if you have any known health issues that could interfere with bone healing.
Having missing teeth, broken teeth or those with decay enough to be unfixable, would make you a candidate for implants. Also, if you have a hard time with dentures or bridges, this design can offer a steadier option. Even if there is some bone loss, there have been many advances in reconstruction and technology, so most people can benefit from this dental option.
Anyone who is good health, and can have a regular extraction and/or oral surgery, can be considered for dental implants. Healthy gums and bone are needed to hold the implants securely. You need to be willing to go for regular dentist visits and have or develop good oral hygiene.
Types of Dental Implants
There are different types of implants, just like any other dental option. Two of the most common types are Endosteal and Subperiosteal. Endosteal implants are often made of titanium. They are the most common type, shaped like small screws and placed in the jaw. The Subperiosteal implants are similar to Endosteal, except the implant is put on the jawbone, but still under the gum. You should speak to your Richmond Hill dentist to find out which choice is best for you.
Caring for your implants
Remember, dental implants will develop plaque just like natural teeth. Because plaque can cause a bad smell, it is a good idea to visit a dentist regularly for a good cleaning. Bacteria can also cause a bad odor, so by going for checkups, you can make sure all is in good order with your teeth. There are always risks, and knowing them will help you decide if implants are right for you. There can be infection at the site of the implant, damage to nearby natural teeth, nerves and blood vessels. This damage can cause issues like tingling and numbness in your chin, gums, lips and teeth.
There are many benefits to getting dental implants. Dental implants will last a lifetime. They look natural, feel natural, and allow you to eat and speak naturally. They give you natural chewing power, and are more esthetic than many dental options. Easy to maintain, implants create an even, attractive smile, without the chance of jawbone recession dentures can cause.
Once you’ve decided implants are the right choice for you, contact Sunlight Dental and speak to one of our Richmond Hill dentists to begin your journey towards the smile you’ve always dreamed of.