If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants as an option for tooth replacement. Implants are dental devices that are implanted surgically into the jaw bone. They are used to restore function to the teeth. They help to improve a person’s ability to chew and speak. They also help to improve the patient’s appearance. Below, we discuss the benefits of teeth implants and how to determine if you are a good candidate for this type of therapy.
When a person loses a tooth, the person can experience various complications such as interference with speech, changes in their bite which can have an impact on their ability to chew as well as rapid bone loss in the jaw bone. While there are various tooth replacement options, dent implants are proving to be highly effective at improving the quality of life for patients as well as their oral health.
Implants consist of an implant body that is surgically inserted into the jawbone and acts as the tooth’s root. The implant abutment fixation screw is attached to the implant body and extends through the gum line. A crown is attached to the abutment and acts as the artificial tooth.
Guidance for Patients
In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure, it is important to consult with a dentist. Your dentist will discuss the potential benefits and risks associated with the procedure and whether it is a good option for you. Some key considerations include:
- Your overall health
- The type of implant system your dental provider offers
- Lifestyle habits such as smoking that can negatively impact the procedure’s success
- Healing time
After the procedure for dental implants is completed, it is important to care for your implant. This may include:
- Implementing good oral hygiene habits
- Scheduling regular visits to your dental provider
- Contacting your dental provider right away if your implant feels lose or is painful
Exploring Advantages and Risks
Advantages of Dental Implant Systems
- Restoration of function including the ability to chew and speak clearly
- Restoration of aesthetic qualities
- Prevention of jawbone shrinkage
- Preservation of jawbone and gum health
- Keeping adjacent teeth stable
- Improvement in the quality of life
Risks Linked to Dental Implant Systems
- Damage to surrounding teeth during implantation of teeth
- Potential injury to surrounding tissue during the procedure e.g. sinus perforation
- Injuries to the jawbone
- Loosening of the implant
- Failure of the implant body
- Untreated oral conditions such as periodontal disease
Methods for Assessing the Safety of Dental Implants
Tooth Implant systems typically consist of materials that meet International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards or ASTM International standards to ensure safety. These systems are also evaluated according to international standards and undergo biocompatibility tests to avoid complications such as allergic reactions or irritations. Manufacturers that market their products within the US must undergo further approval by the FDA to ensure the systems are safe for use and just as effective as other systems in the market.
Reporting Dental Implant System Problems to Timothy A. Hess DDS
If you have had an implant and have experienced any adverse events, you should contact Timothy A. Hess DDS as soon as possible. Schedule consultation with our dentist and determine what is causing the negative symptoms. We will carry out thorough examinations and tests to determine the root cause of the problem. We will provide you with a solution including the replacement of the implant to restore function and aesthetics.
Get in touch with us now to schedule your consultation.