Are Dental Implants Right For You?
If you are missing one of more teeth, there are several reasons why you should correct the problem:
• Missing teeth may affect your speech
• You may experience bone loss in the area of the missing teeth
• If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can move or shift.
Most patients who have had dental implants agree that this option is a good replacement for any missing natural teeth. Implants are secure and long-lasting.Implants, however, are not for everyone. Patients who are considering dental implants should be in good health and have healthy gums. Also, patients need to have adequate bone structure and support to support the implant. If you are considering a dental implant, Dr. Zeigler will have to evaluate through a dental exam and x-rays to make sure you would be a candidate.
According to the American Dental Association, more patients are choosing dental implants as a replacement option. A recent number released by the ADA shows that nearly 2 million dental implants were placed in a recent year. This number is expected to grow.
Dental implants may replace a single tooth or several teeth.
What is involved with a dental implant? The placement of a dental implant is a 3-part process that takes several months. If you are considering this option, you need to keep in mind that it will take time, but it will be worth it!
Initially, the implant, which resembles a screw, is placed into your jaw. Over the next three to six months, the implant and the bone are allowed to bond together to form an anchor for your artificial tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth replacement option can be worn over the implant site.