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What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a one way of replacing missing teeth. For implants to be placed, a titanium support post is planted in the jaw bone. This post acts as an anchor, much like the natural root of a tooth. Implants can also be used to support other dental appliances, like fixed bridges or dentures.
The implant treatment normally has to stages. First the support post must be placed in the jaw and the jaw allowed to heal. Once the healing has taken place, the replacement teeth are attached to the support post. This may require more than one visit, first to fit the replacement teeth and then to place them. However, sometimes a single visit to the surgery can accomplish both fitting and placement.
What Are The Benefits Of Dental Implants?
There are many advantages to receiving dental implants, including a boost in confidence and improved self-esteem. According to WebMD, after dental implants you can expect:
- Improved Appearance. Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They are rooted to your jawbone and are a permanent replacement to lost teeth.
- Improved Speech. Missing teeth can cause a slurring of speech and other speech issues. Dentures can slip and click when you’re speaking, causing mumbling or slurring, as well. Dental implants allow you speak as you would with your own, natural teeth.
- More Comfortable. Because they are a part of your, implants eliminate uncomfortable dentures and other dental appliances. You’ll feel as you did before you lost your teeth.
- Better Nutrition. It becomes easier to eat when you have all of your teeth firmly in place. Dentures can slip around when eating and make it difficult to eat everything you’d like to. When you’re missing teeth, it can be difficult to properly chew your food, making it impossible to absorb all of the nutrition from your food. With implants, these problems may disappear.
- Improved Oral Health. Dental implants don’t require the reduction of neighbouring teeth, the way dental bridges can. By not altering nearby teeth, you are able to keep more of your natural teeth, improving long-term oral health. Oral hygiene is easier, as well, since you maintain access between individual teeth for cleaning.
- Improved Self-esteem. Implants give you back your smile and make you feel better about yourself. You’ll no longer feel the need to hide your smile, as you did when your teeth were missing. Nor will you have to worry that your dentures will slip or show or that you’ll have to remove them in public because something got stuck behind them. You’ll smile and laugh without worry after getting dental implants.
Do I Need To See A Periodontist To Get Dental Implants?
No. A periodontist, or someone with extensive experience in treating periodontology should make a determination as to the healthiness of your gums and bone structure before deciding if you are a good candidate for dental implants. There are several conditions and lifestyles that put a person at risk of dental implant failure, and a good dentist would not recommend them for a dental implant procedure. For instance a person who was recently a smoker, is still a smoker, or someone who quit smoking less than six months before, is not a good candidate for implants, as smoking damages the gums and make them slower to heal. This slower healing puts them at risk for dental implant procedure failure.
Conditions that may exclude a person from being a good dental implant candidate are:
- Smoking – A current smoker is not a good candidate for implants, as smoking damages the gums and make them slower to heal. This slower healing puts them at risk for dental implant procedure failure. However, a person who has quit smoking for six months or more can become a great candidate for dental implants.
- Diabetes – Diabetes that is not well controlled by diet, exercise and medicine can make your body slower to heal. Thankfully, if your diabetes is well under control, you may still be able to receive dental implant surgery.
- Hypertension – High blood pressure, or hypertension, could possibly exclude a person as a candidate for dental implant surgery. However, this is not always the case. The dental implant specialist and medical doctor should collaborate on an individual’s condition and together make a determination about a person’s qualification for surgery, including dental implants.
- Jawbone Tissue Loss – In order to get dental implants, you need to have sufficient jawbone tissue, as this is the tissue into which the titanium screw will fuse. One of the common side effects of periodontitis is jawbone tissue loss. If you’ve lost jawbone tissue to gum disease, an additional oral surgery called a jawbone graft can help regrow jawbone tissue in your mouth, making it possible for you to get dental implants. While this condition may delay your dental implants surgery for 6 months to a year, it is still entirely possible for you to repair your smile with dental implants.
- Low Sinuses – If you’ve been diagnosed as having low sinuses, it may be that you need a sinus lift before becoming a good candidate for dental implant surgery. A sinus lift is a procedure that will lift your sinuses out of the way so that the titanium screw required for dental implants won’t interfere with your sinuses. The procedure for the sinus lift would then need to be given time to heal before the dental implant surgery could take place. However, if you’ve been told that you have low sinuses, you may still be able to repair your smile with dental implants.
Who Is A Candidate For Implants?
Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants. The oral health of the patient is the primary consideration and teeth implants cannot be performed if a person’s oral health won’t support long-lasting success. Dr. Maziar Gorjifar, head of dentistry at Pearl Fine Dental Care, is committed to providing holistic dental care for his patients, with their overall health as his top priority. He ensures that each patient understands all of the treatment options available to them and helps them choose the option that provides the most beneficial, long term outcome.
A full dental implant consultation can help you determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. The consultation includes a thorough oral examination, x-rays, and a full consideration of your medical history. Visit our Bournemouth surgery for a dental implant consultation by calling 01202 421999.
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What Is A Periodontist?
A periodontist is a dentist with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease. Usually a periodontist will have received postdoctoral education and hospital experience before being designated as a certified periodontist. However, many dentists without this advanced degree are trained and able to diagnose and treat periodontal disease, as well. Your dentist may refer you to a periodontist if he or she feels that your gum disease is beyond what they can reasonably treat.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Disorders that affect the supporting structures of the teeth, such as the gum tissue, ligaments and bone structure that hold teeth in place, are known as periodontal diseases. These include:
- Gingivitis – inflammation of the gums, usually caused by bacteria that grows in plaque. Gingivitis will cause your gums to bleed easily during brushing, or sometimes when you simply rub the gums with a finger.
- Periodontitis – untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis, a condition that may have few symptoms in the early stages.
- Later stages will see bad breath, increased spaces between teeth, the teeth will become loose, and pain may be experienced. Advanced cases of periodontitis may exhibit abscesses between the roots, gums, or jawbone.
Untreated, periodontitis can lead to gum recession. This is a condition where the gum line moves away from the crown of the tooth, exposing the root. This can cause pain and may even lead to the loss of the tooth.
Is Dr. Gorjifar A Periodontal Specialist?
Dr. Maziar Gorjifar is a general dentist with a special interest in periodontology. He has studied gum disease and its treatment for many years, outside of his formal training. He has more than a decade of experience in dental implants and performs many successful dental implant procedures each year.
If you are concerned that you are at risk for periodontal disease, please schedule a consultation with our office in Bournemouth. Call us on 01202 421999 or send us an enquiry.
For more information about periodontal conditions, please see our Periodontist FAQ.
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