5 Things You Should Know About Getting Dental Implants

You Deserve the Best Implants Possible

Dental Implants are an important dental procedure to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Getting the best implants possible is important but can be tricky to find out. Here are some tips to get the best implants possible

The Dentist’s Experience (with Dental Implants) Matters

Always feel free to ask a dentist about their experience with implants. While a dentist may be in practice for decades, implants are a specific skill, so it is important to know how experienced they are with them in particular. You should ask how long they have been doing implants, what the options are as far as size and placement, how many have they placed, etc. A dentist is always willing to answer these questions, and if not, it could be a red flag.

Surgery Should Be Minimally Invasive

Those that are skilled can ensure that all implant surgeries are minimally invasive. If your dentist says they do not offer minimally invasive surgery, keep looking for a dental implant dentist.

Every Step of Your Care Should Be Available from One Location

Dental Implants are a specialty, and like all specialties are unique for each patient. The customization of a dental implant should always be done by one office. Changing your dentist halfway through procedures can be a very bad idea.

You Shouldn’t Have to Go Without Teeth at Any Point in the Process

If you are told that it can take weeks or months to complete the process with your new tooth attached to the implant (and no temporary tooth placement is available), look for another option. Nobody should ever have to walk around with a metal implant sticking out of their gums.

There Should Be Financing Options

The best dentists care about their patients more than the finances. If there is no option for a payment plan or other options, you may want to keep looking.

Dental Bridges for a Complete, Beautiful Smile

Adult tooth loss is one of the serious dental problems with considerable impact on your health and wellbeing. Asides from aesthetics, the loss of a tooth also adversely affect the functions of the mouth, the jaw structure and also the surviving teeth. Dental bridges can replace lost teeth so that the mouth is restored to normal, allowing patients to regain full oral functions and confidence.

Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?

A dental bridge is a restorative treatment that replaces one or more missing teeth. Normally, dental bridges are affixed to two dental crowns (one placed on each of the teeth adjacent to the gap). However, in instances where there is no tooth on which the dental crown can be mounted, the dental bridge can be anchored by dental implants. Dental implants act as artificial roots and are surgically fixed. With these two anchoring techniques available, dental bridges can be made to work for just about any patient. A successful dental bridge procedure is largely dependent on healthy teeth and gums. Therefore, any dental problems present should be first addressed before restorative dental bridge treatment.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

A successful dental bridge treatment offers the patient:

  • Improved speech
  • Greater comfort when chewing and eating
  • Renewed confidence

Alternative Treatments

The right treatment option is determined by the number of missing teeth. In place of a dental bridge, a dental crown supported by a dental implant can be used to replace a single lost tooth. For significant tooth loss, an alternative treatment can be a full or partial set of dentures.

Tooth loss requires urgent attention. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gibson at Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry to discuss the options for restoring your beautiful smile to preserve the health, function, and structure of your mouth.