Dental Implants Do I Need Them?
Are you in need of dental implants, but don’t know where to begin? Is the threat of further tooth loss making dental implants a high priority?
There are some very convincing arguments for the use of dental implants, and if you are willing to pay the cost of the treatment it is a very wise choice.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially artificial roots. These roots, usually made from titanium, are fused into the patients jawbone in order to provide a foundation into which false teeth can be inserted and anchored. Eventually they meld with the jawbone and become a permanent fixture.
These dental implants are so well designed that you will probably have them for the rest of your lives, no matter what your age is. In most cases, all necessary dental implants can be done in a single visit to our Las Vegas Dental Office. This helps keeping the level of discomfort and recovery time to a minimum.
Future tooth loss? How do dental implants affect tooth loss?
Your teeth are a highly organized team. Their placement, shape and location are very critical to the way that you chew and even the way you speak. Tooth loss has a dramatic impact on that delicate balance, leaving behind instability for the teeth that once relied on it for support. If a Dentist has not performed a extraction site preservationThe jawbone itself will begin to shrink, simply because it now has to provide support for a smaller number of teeth.
By promptly replacing the missing tooth by performing installing implants, you will preserve the integrity of the whole system and trick the jawbone into behaving as though the tooth loss never happened at all.
If you are healthy, and don’t have any conditions that would preclude you from implants surgery, it would definitely be worthwhile to contact our Las Vegas Dental Office. As the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure.”
What do you mean, “If you are healthy…?” Are there risks?
Generally speaking; anyone who is healthy enough for routine dental extraction or oral surgery can get implants. People who might be denied the option are those with such conditions as diabetes and heart disease. However, all decisions are made in consultation with our Dentist, Dr. Afshin Arian. The decisions are made on a person by person basis.
Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Dental implants do not cause damage to the existing bone, unlike bridges or dentures. Dental implants are generally a good choice for those that have:
- Only one tooth that is missing
- Have a full grown jawbone that is healthy
- Have the desire to improve speech
- Doesn’t want to wear dentures
- Has the ability to make a several month commitment to complete the dental implant process
Preparing For Surgery
The patient will first undergo an evaluation and comprehensive dental exam. They will have a mold taken of their mouth as well as digital x-rays. A personal treatment plan will be created for the patient by Dr. Afshin Arian.
During the consultation the patient will need to disclose any medical conditions they have as well as medications that they take. Dr. Arian will go over the procedure with you and talk about the sedation options for the surgery. Patients can choose from general, local or sedation dentistry. Some patients will need to take antibiotics before and after surgery as well.
About The Surgery
Dental implants are implanted into the jawbone. These titanium implants will fuse to the patient’s jawbone after the surgery has taken place.
In order to get dental implants it is sometimes necessary to have several surgeries over a period of about 3 to 9 months. During the first surgery a dental implant cylinder will be placed in the patient’s jawbone. The next surgery will not occur for several months in order to allow the jawbone time to grow and heal properly. During the next surgery a dental implant cylinder will be added as well as an artificial tooth.
Some patients will need to have a bone graft surgery beforehand if there jawbone can not hold dental implants due to the bone being too thin or two soft. The amount of surgery that a patient will need will vary with each patient.
After having dental implants surgery patients may experience:
- Swelling in their face or gums
- Pain near the jawbone
- Minor bleeding
This type of procedure is considered to be minor. Dr. Arian may prescribe pain medication to help the patient manage any discomfort they may experience. The patient will need to eat soft foods for about a week since they will have stitches that will dissolve on their own.
Dental implants are generally considered to be safe. Some individuals that have conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure will need to talk with Dr. Arian beforehand about their condition in order to determine whether getting a dental implant is possible. As with any surgery there are risks that can occur. These risks include:
- Damage to the nerve, blood vessels or other teeth
- Numbness, tingling or pain
- Problems with the sinuses
These complications are rare. If they do happen to occur, they usually are minor and only require minimal treatment of the patient. Most individuals do undergo dental implant surgery without any complications.
To read more technical information, visit the Wikipedia’s Implants page.