It is difficult to live with one or more missing teeth. When you have missing teeth, it makes an essential task like eating more difficult and sometimes painful. Losing a tooth also puts the well-being of the surrounding teeth at risk. Your teeth can start to shift and get out of alignment leading to tooth damage and grinding. When a tooth falls out the root is lost as well. This can cause bone loss in your jaw and eventually lead to additional tooth loss. All of these issues can be fixed by getting dental implants but you need to know a few facts about this procedure before you can decide if it is right for you.
Dental implants are a permanent tooth replacement option
Dental implants are a permanent replacement option for missing teeth. The post of the implant is inserted into your jaw bone. Over time, the bone and post fuse together to create a strong root-like structure. When the bone and implant fuse it provides the same support and function for your jaw that your tooth root did previously. You can treat a dental implant like one of your natural teeth.
The current condition of your gums and jaw will impact your ability to get implants
Your prosthodontist will have to do a thorough examination of your mouth, gums, jaw bone, and remaining teeth before recommending dental implants. The current condition of your gums and jaw bone will impact whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants. If you have gum disease you may need to spend time treating that before you qualify for dental implants. If your jaw bone has deteriorated over time there are some options for repair that you can discuss with your dentist. You will work closely with your prosthodontist to determine if and when you will be able to have dental implants placed.
There are dentists with advanced training in designing and placing implants
Since dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, it is important that you choose a dentist who has expertise and experience with dental implants. A prosthodontist receives additional training in evaluating patients for dental implants, designing the replacement tooth that shows at the surface, and placing the implant. If you choose to work with a prosthodontist you can rest assured that you have a dentist with advanced training in designing and placing dental implants.
Understanding these facts about dental implants can help you get started on the process of finding a replacement option for your missing teeth. In Gettysburg, PA you have access to a highly trained and board-certified prosthodontist at Samuels Dental Arts. Dr. Julie C. Berger put in the extra time and work to become a prosthodontist so she can best serve patients in Gettysburg who need dental implants or other types of tooth replacement options.
Julie C Berger, DDS, MA, FACP is a local Gettysburg dentist and a board certified prosthodontist specialist. She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.