Dental Implant Procedure
Losing teeth can have a negative impact on both your oral health and self-confidence, as it can create difficulties eating, speaking, and chewing. Fortunately, dental implants offer a permanent and effective solution for tooth loss, restoring your smile and improving overall oral health. However, before beginning with the treatment, it's important to have a good understanding of the dental implant procedure, including implant materials and placement, as well as who is an ideal candidate.
Implant Materials and Placement
Dental implants can be made from various materials, such as titanium and zirconia. Among the different types of materials available, titanium implants are the most commonly used due to their durability and biocompatibility. They have been in use for decades and have proven to be highly effective. In contrast, zirconia implants are relatively new but offer aesthetic benefits. They are white and can blend naturally with the surrounding teeth, providing a more natural-looking smile.
The dental implant procedure involves several steps. To start, Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS will evaluate your oral health and take x-rays to determine the optimal placement of the implant. Then, a titanium post is surgically placed into the jawbone, providing stability for the implant. After the post is in place, the area is given time to heal for several months. During this period, osseointegration occurs, where the post fuses with the jawbone, creating a strong foundation for the implant.
After the implant post has fully integrated with the jawbone, an abutment is attached to the post. This abutment serves as a connector between the post and the dental bridge or crown. Finally, the dental crown or bridge is custom-made to match the shape and color of the natural teeth and placed on top of the abutment. This final step ensures that the dental implant blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth, creating a natural-looking and beautiful smile for years to come.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a great option for those who have lost one or more teeth. However, not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. Factors that can affect the eligibility for dental implants include:
|Bone Density: You must have enough bone in your jaw to support the implant. In cases where a significant amount of bone has been lost, a bone graft may be required before proceeding with the implant procedure.
|Age: Implants are not recommended for children whose jawbones are still developing.
|Health: You must be healthy enough to undergo the dental implant procedure. Certain medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes, can affect the procedure's success.
|Oral Hygiene: Good oral hygiene is essential for the success of dental implants. If you have a history of gum disease, Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS may recommend treatment before the procedure.
Call Us Today for Dental Implants
If you're interested in dental implants, schedule a consultation with Dr. David Wanserski, DDS, MS at Wanserski Dental Center for Complex Dentistry today to determine whether you're a candidate for the procedure. Remember, restoring your smile is not just about improving your appearance. It's also about improving your overall oral health. Don't let tooth loss affect your quality of life. Call us at (715) 848-2435 or visit our clinic to learn more about the dental implant procedure and your eligibility.