Are you wondering if dental implants are right for you? Don’t worry, just take this quick self quiz to see if they are a good option for you to consider with your dentist.
What are dental implants?
Let’s start by understanding what dental implants are and what the procedure entails. Dental implants are replaceable tooth roots that serve as a strong foundation for permanent or removable replacement teeth. The artificial tooth is placed into the jaw to hold the replacement tooth or bridge.
Don’t let the surgery scare you, dental implants are a low maintenance option to solve a wide range of dental issues. This procedure also protects surrounding teeth and your overall dental health. It is a great long term solution for many patients who face any of the following dental issues.
You’re not alone either. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reported that over 3 million Americans have dental implants, and this number continues to grow each year. Now that you understand a little more about the procedure, let’s see if it’s right for you.
Take this short quiz to see if dental implants are right for you.
Do you have one or more missing teeth?
If you have one or more missing teeth this procedure may be the perfect solution for you. Whether you are having difficulty chewing or eating, or are simply unhappy with the appearance of your smile, implants provide a secure solution to your problems caused by a missing tooth.
Do you have a broken or cracked tooth?
If you have a broken or cracked tooth, speak with your dentist to decide if this procedure is the best solution for you. Depending on your consultation and medical history, dental implants may be the best option for sustained strength and oral health.
Do you have trouble with dentures?
Dental implants are a great solution for patients who are unsatisfied with dentures. If your dentures are unsecure, this is a great alternative to have solid, natural looking teeth. Another common issue with dentures is that they cause patients face’s to look sunken due to jawbone deterioration. This procedure solves this issue by stimulation the jawbone with the implants. Another positive about replacing your dentures with dental implants is that you don’t have to deal with sticky, messy adhesives. Implants also reduce the risk of gum irritation compared to dentures.
Is your jawbone fully grown and do you have healthy oral tissues?
It is also important to properly evaluate your current and past medical history to make sure that this is the best solution for your long term health. Speak with Dr. Yashar during your consultation to ensure that your jawbone and oral tissues are healthy and suitable for dental implants.
Am I prepared for a several month process?
Dental implants are low maintenance and have a high success rate. However, you must be prepared for a several month process surrounding the procedure. Dental implants require one or more surgical procedures, a comprehensive dental exam, a thorough review of medical history, and designing a treatment plan. Depending on the type of anesthesia that you and your dentist choose, you should plan on requiring assistance after the surgery and at least a full day of rest.Even though dental implants are highly successful procedures, there are some risks to consider with your dentists. Infection at the site, injury to the surrounding gum or teeth, or implant rejection could occur, but their chances can be minimized with proper care and preparation.
Now that you’ve asked yourself these questions, you should have a better idea if dental implants are the right choice for you. If you’re struggling with any of these issues, have the proper gum and jaw health, and are prepared for the procedure, dental implants can be a great solution for many patients. Not to mention, you will leave the office with a healthy, natural looking smile. And if you’re still unsure, you can always see Dr. Yashar at Simi Valley Periodontics for a consultation. Read an interview about Dr. Yashar’s practice and experience here. Her philosophy is all about educating her patients so they understand their treatment options and can make informed decisions about their oral health.